Wayne Rundell Photography | Swamp Sparrow

Swamp Sparrow

April 09, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

The Swamp Sparrow is a common breeder in wet habitats across eastern North America and Canada west to the Yukon and British Columbia.It is especially abundant in its preferred habitat  of tall reed marshes. Being a somewhat skittish bird, the Swamp Sparrow is often seen darting rapidly into thick cover, but usually repays the patient observer with a reappearance, giving its characteristic "chimp" call. Though often confused with both the Song and Lincoln's Sparrows, the Swamp Sparrow never shows more than a faint, blurry streaking on its gray breast, and sports conspicuous rusty-edged wing feathers. Habitat consists of various wetlands, including freshwater and tidal marshes, bogs, meadows, and swamps.

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.

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