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Seaside Sparrow

Ammodramus maritimus ORDER: PASSERIFORMES FAMILY: EMBERIZIDAE

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

A drab sparrow with a short tail and a large bill, the Seaside Sparrow is a salt marsh specialist.

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Appearance

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Typical Voice

Adult Description

  • Small, stocky songbird.
  • Dark, olive-gray all over.
  • Yellow spot in front of eyes.
  • White throat.
  • Black whisker mark.
  • No wingbars.

Immature Description

Breast, sides, and flanks buffy, variably streaked with dusky; belly white.

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Field MarksHelp

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    Seaside Sparrow

     
    • © Laura Meyers
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    Seaside Sparrow

     
    • © Ryan Schain
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    Seaside Sparrow

     
    • © Ryan Schain

Similar Species

  • Saltmarsh and Nelson's sparrows slightly smaller, more distinctly marked on head and body, with the entire face orangish.
  • Savannah Sparrow has striped head and notched tail.