French: Bruant à queue aiguë German: Spitzschwanzammer Spanish: Chingolo colifino
Other common names:
Sharp-tailed Sparrow (when treated as conspecific with A. nelsoni)
J. F. Gmelin
New York, USA
Subspecies and Distribution
A. c. caudacuta
(J. F. Gmelin, 1788) – NE USA from S Maine S along coast to New Jersey; non-breeding mainly from New Jersey S to N & W Florida.
A. c. diversa
(Bishop, 1901) – coastal New Jersey S to Chesapeake Bay; non-breeding probably from breeding range S to NE Florida, and casually to Louisiana.
11·5–13 cm; 15·3–23·1 g. A fairly small sparrow with short tail, rectrices spike-like. Nominate race has grey median crownstripe thin and... read more
Male has a “whisper song” that has a whispery, wheezy quality, and may last for more... read more
Occupies saltmarshes and wet meadows with dense cordgrass (Spartina alterniflora),... read more
Food and feeding
No detailed information on diet; presumably small invertebrates and seeds. Forages principally on or near ground or low in vegetation.
Season mid-May to Aug; two peaks of egg-laying, one in late May to early Jun, and other in middle to late Jul, suggest two broods.... read more
Migratory. Spring migration from late Apr through early May, and autumn migration from Sept through... read more
Status and conservation
ENDANGERED. The species’ geographical range extends in a narrow coastal band over c. 20,000 km², within which suitable habitat is greatly fragmented; effective... read more
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