- 4.3–5.1 in
- 0.5–0.7 oz
- Sharp-tailed Sparrow (in part) (English)
- Bruant [Pinson] à queue aiguë (French)
- The Saltmarsh Sharp-tailed Sparrow is nonterritorial and promiscuous, and only females provide parental care. Males occupy large overlapping home ranges, and the mating relationship features forced copulations by males.
- Breeding success in many Saltmarsh Sharp-tailed Sparrow populations seems limited by storms and especially â€œspringâ€ (high) tides, which often flood nests. The most successful pairs in these populations are those that renest soon after the flood tides of the new moon.
- The Saltmarsh Sharp-tailed Sparrow formerly was considered as the same species as the Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrow, collectively known as the Sharp-tailed Sparrow. The two forms have separate breeding ranges that barely overlap in Maine. They differ in genetics, songs, and subtle plumage characters.
Insects, spiders, marine invertebrates, and some seeds.
- Clutch Size
- 2–6 eggs
- Egg Description
- Greenish, covered with dark speckles.
- Condition at Hatching
Open cup of grass stems and blades, lined with finer grass blades and sometimes built up on sides to form partial covering.
Forages on ground in dense grass or edges of shallow pools.
This species is on the 2014 State of the Birds Watch List, which lists species most in danger of extinction without significant conservation action. Though common, populations affected by development.
- Greenlaw, J. S. and J. D. Rising. 1994. Sharp-tailed Sparrow (Ammodramus caudacutus). In The Birds of North America, No. 112 (A. Poole and F. Gill, Eds.). Philadelphia: The Academy of Natural Sciences; Washington, D.C.: The American Ornithologistsâ€™ Union.