Song Sparrow

Melospiza melodia

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

New World Sparrows and Towhees (Passerellida)

Code 4

SOSP

Code 6

MELMEL

ITIS

HEAD

Song Sparrow Head Illustration
  • Bill Shape: Cone
  • Eye Color: Olive, changing to dark brown with age.
  • Head pattern: Capped, Streaked, Unique pattern, Malar or malar stripe
  • Crown Color: Brown with gray central stripe.
  • Forehead Color: Brown with gray central stripe.
  • Nape Color: Brown
  • Throat Color: White to buff.
  • Cere color: No Data

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BODY

Song Sparrow Body Illustration
  • Length Range: 15-19 cm (5.75-7.5 in)
  • Weight: 20 g (0.7 oz)
  • Size: Small (5 - 9 in)
  • Color Primary: Brown
  • Underparts: White to buff with brown streaking on breast, sides and flanks.
  • Upperparts: Gray and brown with black streaking.
  • Back Pattern: Striped or streaked
  • Belly Pattern: Solid
  • Breast Pattern: Striped or streaked

FLIGHT

Song Sparrow Flight Illustration
  • Flight Pattern: Short flights close to ground, tail pumping up and down.
  • Wingspan Range: 21-32 cm (8.25-12.5 in)
  • Wing Shape: Rounded-Wings
  • Tail shape: Fan-shaped Tail
  • Tail Pattern: Solid
  • Upper Tail: Dark Brown
  • Under Tail: Dark Brown
  • Leg Color: Pink
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