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Swamp Sparrow

Melospiza georgiana

Description:

The swamp sparrow is a medium-sized sparrow related to the song sparrow. Adults have streaked rusty, buff and black upperparts with an unstreaked gray breast, light belly and a white throat. The wings are strikingly rusty. Most males and a few females have a rust-colored caps. Swamp Sparrows perch and forage in vegetation near the ground or water surface, where their rather long legs—longer than those of Song or Lincoln’s Sparrows—enable them to forage well. They typically forage near the water’s edge or in brushy patches within the habitat.

Habitat:

Orlando Wetlands Park


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Florida, USA

Lat: 28.58, Long: -81.00

Spotted on Jan 5, 2019
Submitted on Jan 6, 2019

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