The Savannah Sparrow is a
ground-dwelling sparrow found in a wide variety of open grassy/marshy
habitats. Sometimes confusing for birders, several different races exist
with a variety of colorations. They were first named for Savannah,
Georgia, the city in which they were originally identified and described.
Habitat: Open habitat including prairies, meadows,
rangeland, pastures, salt marshes, other wetland edges, dunes, shores.
Diet: Primarily feeds on insects in the
summer. Also feeds on seeds and berries, especially in the winter.
Populations along the coast will also feed on small crustaceans and mollusks.
Behavior: Savannah Sparrows forage on the ground,
or low in grasses and bushes. They can be very sociable in migration,
forming large flocks.
Nesting: May through July
Song: 2 "chip" notes followed by a buzzy
Migration: Summers through all of Canada and Alaska,
and most of the northern half of the U.S. Winters in the southern half of
the U.S., Mexico, and Central America.
Conservation Status: Stable throughout most of its range.
Cornell Lab of Ornithology - Savannah Sparrow
eNature.com: Savannah Sparrow
Photo Information: May 26th, 2003 -- Minnehaha
County -- Terry Sohl
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