Song Sparrow

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Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)

Song Sparrow

This is the most widely distributed of all our native sparrows, appearing in one form or another from Florida to Alaska and range in color from pale to dark brown.

They love water and are most numerous where streams, ponds, or marshes offer dense cover, but yards with shrubs and vines will attract them.

Their space requirements are small.  A pair will live and nest in 1-1/2 acres or less.  They nest on or near the ground, both parents help raise the young, and they raise up to four broods a year.  Cowbirds often lay eggs in their nests, and are considered with dogs, cats, and rats as their greatest enemies.

There are many sparrows with spotted breasts, but the heavy dot in the center of the chest and the streaks on breast and flanks distinguish this bird from others.

 


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