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Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)


Photo © Anne Middleton

Photo © RenĂ© Corado / WFVZ

Photo © RenĂ© Corado / WFVZ

Song Sparrow

Photo © Sharon Beals, from the collection of The California Academy of Sciences

Adult eastern form

Photo © Debbie McKenzie

Adult eastern form

Photo © Ed Schneider

Adult eastern form

Photo © Mike E. Worthington

Adult Pacific Northwest form

Photo © cdbtx

Juvenile Pacific Northwest

Photo © Seth Reams

Adult Pacific Northwest form

Photo © birdmandea

Adult eastern form

Photo © Kevin Bolton

Adult eastern form

Photo © Jennifer Taggart

Adult Pacific Northwest form

Photo © Terri Gueck

Song, call

© Geoffrey A. Keller

Song

© Geoffrey A. Keller

Chip note

© Geoffrey A. Keller

Song

© Geoffrey A. Keller

Alarm call

© Arthur A. Allen

When To Look

Source: Birds of North America Online

Where To Find It

Habitats

grassland

marsh

open woodland

shrub

Substrates

ground

Bush or Shrub

What You'll Find

Nest Type

cup

Chick

Altricial

Clutch Size

1
3
5
6

Nest Height

15 ft
0 ft

Nesting Statistics

Incubation Period

12-15
days

Brooding Period

8-10
days

Useful Hints

  • The female builds the nest, working mainly during the morning.
  • Females may start but then abandon 1 or 2 (rarely 3) nests before completing the nest that eventually receives eggs.
  • For the first 4 days after hatching, the female closely broods the young.