Living Bird Magazine
Swamp SparrowMelospiza georgiana
- ORDER: Passeriformes
- FAMILY: Passerellidae
The simple trills of the Swamp Sparrow ring in spring and summer across eastern and central North America. Its name is appropriate, as it does live in swamps, but it can be found in a wide range of other wetland habitats too.More ID Info
- Gorrión Pantanero (Spanish)
- Bruant des marais (French)
- Cool Facts
- The Swamp Sparrow has longer legs than other members of its genus; this adaptation allows it to wade in shallow water to forage.
- The Swamp Sparrow sometimes sticks its head under water to try to capture aquatic invertebrates.
- The oldest recorded Swamp Sparrow was at least 7 years, 10 months old when it was recaptured and rereleased during banding operations in Maryland.