Nelson's Sparrow (Ammospiza nelsoni)

The Nelson's Sparrow, also known as the Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrow, is a North American bird that lives in wetlands. These birds are small, measuring between 4.5 to 5 inches in length and weighing around 0.5 oz. They have a distinctive appearance with a rusty brown nape and a gray face, throat, and chest. The Nelson's Sparrow has a sharp tail that is often held straight up in the air.

These sparrows have a habitat preference for salt marshes, tidal creeks, and marshy meadows near freshwater. They primarily breed in the northern regions of North America, including Alaska and Canada, and migrate southwards for the winter, often to the east coast of the United States.

The Nelson's Sparrow is an elusive bird, often found hiding in the dense marsh vegetation. They are also known for their unique call, which is a mixture of clicks and whistles that are usually heard during the breeding season. Although these birds are secretive, they do sometimes forage in the open, in the shallow water or mudflats.

These birds are omnivorous, and their diet consists of insects, spiders, seeds, and other small invertebrates. During the breeding season, the Nelson's Sparrows will sometimes take advantage of the lemming population boom and feed on them.

The Nelson's Sparrow is not considered threatened, but their population is declining due to the reduction of wetland habitats. Conservation efforts include habitat preservation and restoration, as well as the protection of the marsh vegetation that the sparrows rely on for hiding and nesting.

Overall, the Nelson's Sparrow is an important part of wetland ecosystems. Their presence helps control insect populations, and their chirping can add beautiful sounds to the marsh environment. It is essential to protect these birds and their habitats so that future generations may appreciate their beauty and contributions to the natural world.

Other names

Ammospiza nelsoni



Nelson's Sparrow

sit pardalenc de Nelson



trnorepi strnadar

strnadec Nelsonův

Spidshalet Spurv

Nelsons Spitsstaartgors


Bruant de Nelson


Passero di Nelson


Nelsono prerinė žvirbliastartė


bagiennik płowy


Саванная овсянка Нельсона

Nelsonov strnad

strnádlik mokrinový

Chingolo de Nelson


Nelson Serçesi

багновець блідий

kanada rohusidrik


Nelsona zvirbulis