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Seaside Sparrow

Bruant maritime

Ammospiza maritima

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This Seaside Sparrow breeds from the state of Massachusetts, all along the Atlantic coast, south into Florida and all along the Gulf Coast into southeastern Texas. There are four existing sub-species of the Seaside Sparrow. These are composed of two races along the Atlantic Coast. One in southern Florida is called the Seaside Sparrow (Cape Sable), which is found in a very small area of the Everglades. The fourth is called the Seaside Sparrow (Gulf coast) and is found along the coast from northwestern Florida to southeastern Texas. Unfortunately, the Seaside Sparrow (Dusky) has been extinct since the late 1980's. Efforts made to save this sub-species failed. It was only found in the regions of Merritt Island, home to Cape Canaveral, along the eastern coast of Florida.

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The Seaside Sparrow is struggling to survive in approximaltely half of its zones, mainly because of its loss of habitat. It is only found along the coastlines, preferring the tall grasses next to the sea. These areas are being developped into residential homes, beaches and resorts. Let us not forget to mention natural disasters which also result in the loss of their habitat.

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References to Other Bird Sites:

Avibase - the world bird database This site provides the user with a complete list of bird species, broken down per country, or in the example of the US or Canada, per state and province. Here, bird species names are available in other languages, a great asset to be used as a translation of foreign bird names.

ABA - American Birding Association This site represents an organization that maintains official records of all birds species that have been proven to have been seen inside the perimeters of the North American Continent and the surrounding bodies of water. Regular revised versions are posted to keep the bird list current at all times. This is the list used by all serious birders over their lifetime. You may be aware of the movie called the "Big Year". It was with this list that all the competing birders used in an attempt to set a new record as to how many bird species that could be seen by an individual birder in one calendar year.

I hope you will take advantage of these suggested websites. I have used each of them, in one way or another, throughout the years in my quest to better identify and understand our fine feathered friends.

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