Saltmarsh Sparrow Identification

The Four Keys to ID

  • Size & Shape

    A medium-sized sparrow with a moderately long, conical bill, a robust body, and a short tail in which the individual feathers appear spiky at the tips. The general shape is similar to a Song Sparrow, except for the much shorter tail.

    Relative Size

    Larger than a Common Yellowthroat, smaller than a Song Sparrow.

    Relative Sizesparrow or smallersparrow-sized or smaller
    Measurements
    • Both Sexes
      • Length: 4.7-5.1 in (12-13 cm)
      • Weight: 0.6-0.8 oz (17.1-24.1 g)
      • Wingspan: 6.5-7.7 in (16.5-19.5 cm)