Living Bird Magazine
Saltmarsh SparrowAmmodramus caudacutus
- ORDER: Passeriformes
- FAMILY: Passerellidae
A secretive bird with skulking habits and a barely audible song, the Saltmarsh Sparrow is restricted to salt marshes of the Atlantic and upper Gulf coasts.More ID Info
- Chingolo Colifino (Spanish)
- Bruant à queue aiguë (French)
- Cool Facts
- 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.
- The oldest recorded Saltmarsh Sparrow was a male, and at least 7 years, 11 months old when he was recaptured and rereleased during banding operations in Rhode Island.