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Savanna Sparrow, Passerculus sandwichensis

The Savanna sparrow likes salt water marsh.Migration of the Savanna sparrow

The Savanna sparrow's winter range covers most of California excluding the high elevations of the Cascades and the Sierras. There is a summer population east of the Sierras.

Diet of the Savanna sparrow

The Savanna sparrow eats, insect, spiders, snails and seeds. The seeds are less important during the breading season as the high protein of the other foods are needed. They glean from the ground or from low plants.

Nesting habitat of the Savanna sparrow

The Savanna sparrow nests in a hollowed out place on the ground usually under protection of vegetation.

Picture of salt water marshRange of the Savanna sparrow

The Savanna sparrow is a year round resident along California's coast, and in some small pockets near Owens valley. The Savanna sparrow's winter rang covers most of California excluding the high elevations of the Cascades and the Sierras. There is a summer population east of the Sierras.

Habitat/ Plant community used by the Savanna sparrow

The Savanna sparrow uses the Moutain meadow plant community.The savanna sparrow likes habitat that is made of low dense often herbaceous plant material.

Coastal salt marsh

Mountain meadow

Fresh water marsh

How to attract the to your garden Savanna sparrow

The savanna sparrow especially likes Salicornia spp (Pickleweed), a succulent salt water marsh plant. A southern variant of this bird, Passerculus sandwichensis beldingi is endangered because of its loss of salt water marsh and pickle weed that it inhabits. Also Passerculus sandwichensis rostratus is listed as a species of special concern for similar reasons.

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