Belding’s Savannah Sparrow

Animal Guide : Birds

Belding’s Savannah Sparrow
Fun Fact:
This feisty little sparrow lives only in coastal salt marshes.

What's for Lunch:
Arthropods, supplemented in winter by the tips of marsh vegetation

Where's Home:
Amongst the pickleweed in the lagoon

Scientific Name:
Passerculus sandwichensis beldingi

Animal Guide : Birds


Status: Endangered
If you see a lone sparrow in the marsh or on the beach, rather than flocking, it's probably a Belding's. While other Savannah Sparrows are widespread and common, the Belding's is specially adapted to coastal salt marshes, and can live nowhere else. It's on the state's Endangered Species list because so much of its wetland habitat has been destroyed.