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Song Sparrow
Melospiza melodia

Sparrows, Grosbeaks and Buntings
Sparrows, Finches & Grosbeaks (Emberizidae)

Size: Length: 14.5-18 cm Wingspan: 21-24 cm

Description: Normally found in open areas around wetlands, and willow shrublands, the song sparrow is a common nesting sparrow. The crown is rusty-brown, with a median strip of gray. The eyebrow line is thick and gray. There is a dark eye-streak and a brown cheek patch. The face has three dark brown lines, one forming the eye-streak, one bordering the lower edge of the cheek, and another bordering the sides of the throat. The side of the neck is gray, joining up with the eyebrow line. The throat and breast are white, heavily streaked with brown. The back is buff streaked with dark brown, and the wings and tail have a reddish tint.

They collect seeds and insects from the sedges, and cattails, and build their nest hidden on or near the ground. The female will often remain seated on the nest until an intruder almost steps on her. When she does abandon the eggs, she is more likely to run through the underbrush before taking flight. They often produce two, sometimes even three broods per season. Like the fox sparrow, the song sparrow picks through the leaf litter for insects and seeds. They fly only short distances and prefer to stay near the ground. The call begins with three buzzing introductory notes, followed by a series of trilling, variable notes.

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