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Swamp sparrow

Melospiza georgiana nigrescens


A small number of morphologically distinct birds inhabit tidal marshes from northern Virginia to the Hudson River Estuary. This subspecies winters in coastal marshes of the Carolinas and differs from the two inland subspecies in having more black in a grayer overall plumage, larger bill, different songs, and a smaller average clutch size.


Lake Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge

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Maria dB
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Maria dB

North Carolina, USA

Spotted on Jan 20, 2014
Submitted on Feb 12, 2014

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