Melodic Sparrow

My post features the Song Sparrow today.This sparrow is one of the most abundant as well as adaptable species.They are native sparrows of North America.

I remember the first time I saw this birds; for awhile I thought I was looking at mice moving among plants and rocks, every time I saw movement and just a blur hoping from here to there, scurrying behind flower pots and plants.

Once I caught sight of them in the open, I learned of their preferred and common habits.

Adult song sparrows have brown upper-parts with dark streaks on the back and are white underneath with dark streaking and a dark brown spot in the middle of the breast. They have a brown cap and a long brown rounded tail. Their face is gray with a streak through the eye.

Although they are a habitat generalist, their favorite habitat is brushy areas and marshes, including salt marshes, across most of Canada and the United States. They also thrive in human areas, such as in suburbs, along edges in agricultural areas, and along roadsides. In southern locations, they are permanent residents.

The sparrow species derives it name from its colorful repertoire of songs.

Singing itself consists of a combination of repeated notes, quickly passing isolated notes, and trills. The songs are very crisp, clear, and precise, making them easily distinguishable by human ears.

These birds forage on the ground, in shrubs or in very shallow water. They mainly eat insects and seeds. Birds in salt marshes may also eat small crustaceans. They nest either in a sheltered location on the ground or in trees or shrubs. They have learned and adapted to eat from my feeder saucers and  not so much from the ground.

Song sparrows typically learn their songs from a handful of other birds that have neighboring territories.


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Text and photographs © HJ Ruiz – Avian101

17 thoughts on “Melodic Sparrow

  1. We have what I believe is called the white-crested sparrow which is due to come overwhelmingly-in any day now. They come up here for breeding and nesting and come in great numbers, taking over the feeders and engaging in a zithering-trill ‘song’ that sounds very strange when being done by such numbers together. But I do enjoy them so much. They are entertaining and a true sign that Spring is here.

    • I’m sure you’ll see a few more species of sparrows, since most of them have their breeding grounds in Canada. Thanks Lance for sharing. 🙂

    • There are many sparrow species and it’s fun to learn how to identify one apart from the other. Thanks for sharing Geoff! 🙂

  2. They may be abundant, but I still find them very pretty, appealing birds. Thank you for the interesting information and lovely pictures as always.

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