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30 June 2016 Migratory Status, Winter Subspecies Interactions, and Habitat Segregation of Atlantic Song Sparrows (Melospiza melodia atlantica)
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We performed the first winter surveys of the Atlantic Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia atlantica), a poorly known subspecies that is endemic to sand dunes of the mid-Atlantic coast. Novel findings include that the Atlantic Song Sparrow is a year-round resident or partial migrant, primarily flocks with the same subspecies despite occurring in sympatry with the eastern Song Sparrow (M. m. melodia) in winter, and exhibits age-specific habitat use in winter, with immatures greatly outnumbering adults in adjacent saltmarshes. These results are important for conservation planning and understanding the ecology and evolution of this unique subspecies across the annual cycle.

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Raymond M. Danner, Brian J. Olsen, and David Luther "Migratory Status, Winter Subspecies Interactions, and Habitat Segregation of Atlantic Song Sparrows (Melospiza melodia atlantica)," The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 128(2), 434-437, (30 June 2016). https://doi.org/10.1676/1559-4491-128.2.434
Received: 6 July 2015; Accepted: 1 October 2015; Published: 30 June 2016
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