Song Sparrow

Melospiza melodia

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Emberizids (Emberizidae)

Code 4

SOSP

Code 6

MELMEL

ITIS

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ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Song Sparrow is a medium-sized bird which may be found in virtually any habitat. However, preferred environments include brushlands and freshwater and salt marshes throughout Canada and the United States. These birds are also frequently found in areas of human inhabitation. Northern populations migrate to the southern United States and Mexico during winter months. Some specimens have been seen in Western Europe, Great Britain and Norway. Food is found by foraging on the ground, in shrubs or shallow water. Diets consist mainly of insects and seeds, and possibly crustaceans. The conservation rating of the Song Sparrow is Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Song Sparrow: Medium sparrow, heavily streaked gray-brown upperparts. Dull white underparts have dark central breast spot, thick streaks. Head has brown crown, paler median stripe, pale gray eyebrow, white chin, dark brown moustache stripe. Rust-brown wings. Tail is long, usually tinged rust-brown.


Range and Habitat

Song Sparrow: Breeds from the Aleutians and mainland Alaska east to Newfoundland and south to California, New Mexico, and northern Georgia. Spends winters from southern Canada throughout the U.S. to the Gulf Coast and Mexico. Preferred habitats include forest edges, thickets, and marshes with open grassy feeding areas; also found in undergrowth in gardens and city parks.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Voice Text

"Madge-Madge-Madge, put-on-your-tea-kettle-ettle-ettle"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Song Sparrow lives up to its name, being one of the most persistent singers throughout the spring and summer.
  • Other birds such as mockingbirds are not able to effectively imitate their song.
  • They recognizes enemies by both instinctual and learned patterns, and adjusts future behavior based on both its own experiences in encounters, and from watching other birds interact with enemies.
  • A group of Song Sparrows are collectively known as a "flock", "choir", and "chorus" of sparrows.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP

CERange Map for Song Sparrow

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Santiago Cornejo

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UnderpartsX
Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.
UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
BreastX
The upper front part of a bird.
ChinX
The area of the face just below the bill.
CrownX
The crown is the top part of the birds head.
EyebrowX
Also called the supercilicum or superciliary it is the arch of feathers over each eye.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X