Living Bird Magazine
Nelson's SparrowAmmospiza nelsoni
- ORDER: Passeriformes
- FAMILY: Passerellidae
A secretive sparrow with a brightly colored face, the Nelson's Sparrow breeds along the edges of freshwater marshes and in wet meadows of interior North America, and in salt marshes along the northern Atlantic Coast.More ID Info
- Chingolo de Nelson (Spanish)
- Bruant de Nelson (French)
- Cool Facts
- The Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrow formerly was considered the same species as the Saltmarsh 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.
- The oldest recorded Nelson's Sparrow was a male, and at least 7 years, 1 month old, when he was recaptured and rereleased during banding operations in Maine.