The Large billed Marsh Sparrow
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John Cassin (1813-1869)
Plate 38, The Large billed Marsh Sparrow
From: Illustrations of the Birds of California, Texas, Oregon, British and Russian America
Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott & Co., 1856
Paper dimensions: 6 ¾ ” x 10 ½ "
Framed dimensions: 12 ¾” x 21 ”
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The Large billed Marsh Sparrow is a dark, large, and strong-billed subspecies of the Savannah sparrow, which is a small American sparrow. The common name comes from Savannah, Georgia, where one of the first specimens of this birds was collected. This passerine bird breeds in Alaska, Canada, northern, central, and Pacific coastal US, Mexico, and Guatemala. The Pacific and Mexican breeders are resident, but other populations are migratory, wintering from the southern US across Central America and the Caribbean to northern South America. It is a very rare vagrant to western Europe.