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Swamp Sparrow — Water Connection

• Like other sparrows, the Swamp Sparrow cannot swim—but that doesn’t keep this little bird away from water. Many of its meals are snatched directly from the water’s surface.

• The Swamp Sparrow has longer legs than other members of its genus; this adaptation allows it to wade in shallow water to forage whereas related sparrows never enter the water.

• The Swamp Sparrow sometimes will stick its head under water to try to capture aquatic invertebrates.