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Brown upperparts, grey on the crown and nape, grey buff breast with dark streaks, dark face, grey cheeks, white throat and a short pointed tail. Small yellow streak just above the eye.
Coastal eastern and gulf coast United States.
Polytypic. Consists of nine subspecies (of which the Dusky Seaside Sparrow is extinct).
Salt marshes and grasslands.
It builds an open cup nest in the salt marsh on tidal reeds and spartina grasses. 2-5 eggs are laid.
The diet includes marine invertebrates and seeds.
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