Nesting habitat of Belding’s Savannah sparrows in coastal salt marshes




Although the Belding’s Savannah sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis beldingl) is listed as endangered in California, little is known about the factors that affect its abundance and distribution. Numbers of breeding pairs, nesting territory sizes, and vegetation characteristics were measured at fourteen study plots in two southern California coastal wetlands, Tijuana Estuary and Los Peñasquitos Lagoon. Sparrows nested in middle salt marsh habitat in areas of dense pickleweed (Salicornia virginica) or saltgrass (Distichlis spicata). No nesting territories were found in transitional upland or low marsh habitat. Territory sizes were highly variable and significantly larger at Tijuana Estuary. Territory size may be related to nest site availability and water levels at time of establishment. More research is needed on the effects of habitat quality on reproductive success and territory size.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Nesting habitat of Belding’s Savannah sparrows in coastal salt marshes
Series title Wetlands
DOI 10.1007/BF03160883
Volume 13
Issue 3
Year Published 1993
Language English
Publisher Springer
Contributing office(s) National Wetlands Research Center, Wetland and Aquatic Research Center
Description 5 p.
First page 219
Last page 223
Country United States
State California
County San Diego County
Other Geospatial Los Penasquitos Lagoon, Tiajuana Estuary
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