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Celebrating Spring and Serenading the World!

Mike Oxley

Cornwall Ontario, Canada

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Song Sparrow on Sumac

Melospiza melodia
ORDER: PASSERIFORMES
FAMILY: EMBERIZIDAE

Cooper Marsh Conservation Area, Lancaster, Ontario, Canada
April 10, 2011

With thanks to http://www.allaboutbirds.org

Size & Shape


Song Sparrows are medium-sized and fairly bulky sparrows. For a sparrow, the bill is short and stout and the head fairly rounded. The tail is long and rounded, and the wings are broad.

Colour Pattern


Song Sparrows are streaky and brown with thick streaks on a white chest and flanks. On a closer look, the head is an attractive mix of warm red-brown and slaty gray, though these shades, as well as the amount of streaking, vary extensively across North America.

Behaviour


Song Sparrows flit through dense, low vegetation or low branches, occasionally moving onto open ground after food. Flights are short and fluttering, with a characteristic downward pumping of the tail. Male Song Sparrows sing from exposed perches such as small trees.

Habitat


Look for Song Sparrows in nearly any open habitat, including marsh edges, overgrown fields, backyards, desert washes, and forest edges. Song Sparrows commonly visit bird feeders and build nests in residential areas.

Sony Alpha 700, Sigma 28 to 300 at 300 mm, circular polarizer
iso 100, spot metered, F6.3, 1/250 second
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