Song Sparrow

(Melospiza melodia)

               
Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

Song Sparrow

NatureServe

N5 - Secure

SNRB, SNRN - Unranked Breeding and Nonbreeding

Minnesota

not listed

Occurrence

Common migrant and breeder

Habitat

Shrubby areas, riparian thickets, forest openings, pastures

Size

5½ to 7 in length

8½ wingspan


Identification

 

 
Voice

 

 
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Species

 


Food

 

 
Nesting

 

 
Migration

Mid-March to late November


Comments

Taxonomy
New World sparrows were traditionally combined with buntings into the family Emberizidae. Recent phylogenetic analysis (Barker et al. 2013) and mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) analysis (Klicka et al. 2014) found that the Old World buntings should be separated as a sister to New World sparrows. New World sparrows have been separated into a new family, Passerellidae.


Taxonomy

Order:

Passeriformes (perching birds)

 

Family:

Passerellidae (New World sparrows)

 
Subordinate Taxa

Eastern group

Atlantic Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia atlantica)

Mountain Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia montana)

Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia melodia)

Northwestern group

Aleutian Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia sanaka)

Bischoff Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia insignis)

Giant Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia maxima)

Kenai Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia kenaiensis)

Mendocino Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia cleonensis)

Merrill’s Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia merrilli)

Rusty Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia morphna)

Sooty Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia rufina)

Yakutat Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia caurina)

Cismontane California group

Alameda Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia pusillula)

Heermann’s Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia heermani)

Marin Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia gouldii)

Santa Barbara Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia graminea)

San Pablo Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia samuelis)

Suisun Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia maxillaris)

Southwestern group

Brown's Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia rivularis)

Southwest Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia fallax)

Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia goldmani)

Mexican Plateau group

Mexican Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia mexicana)

Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia adusta)

Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia villai)

Other Song Sparrows (described but no longer considered valid)

Amak Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia amaka)

Coronados Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia coronatorum)

Dakota Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia juddi)

Desert Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia saltonis)

Mississippi Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia euphonia)

Modesto Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia mailliardi)

Modoc Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia fisherella)

Riley Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia inexspectata)

San Clemente Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia clementae)

San Diego Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia cooperi)

San Miguel Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia micronyx)

Semidi Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia semidiensis)

Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia azteca)

Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia niceae)

Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia yuriria)

Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia zacapu)


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       

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Uploaded on Sep 17, 2010

The Music of Nature proudly presents "Song Sparrow," a video portrait featuring several singing Song Sparrows, gathered in the countryside around Ithaca, New York. Song Sparrows are winter residents here and their bright carols are often heard on cold, clear mornings in late winter. Males continue singing well into the summer months.

© 2010 Lang Elliott
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  Song Sparrow Portrait
ebirdr
 
   
 
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Published on Jun 12, 2012

The Song Sparrow is common throughout North America; more so in the east than west. It can be found in brushy thickets, gardens, streamsides, marshes, roadsides.

It has a white throat and whisker stripes on the face. The breast and side streaking converge into a large central spot. It has pink legs and feet. Its long rounded tail is pumped in flight.

The song is a series of notes starting with 2-3 bright "sweet sweet sweets". It may be represented as "pres pres pres Presbyterian".

 
     
  Song Sparrow Singing
Mike Schanbacher
 
   
 
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Published on May 23, 2013

A Song Sparrow singing and calling from the top of a shrub. Woods Hole, MA - May 2013. Taken with a Canon t3i and a 55-250mm lens.

 
     
  Song Sparrows of Cliff Walk - Newport, Rhode Island
Clive Bramham
 
   
 
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Published on Dec 20, 2013

Singing Song Sparrows along beautiful Cliff Walk overlooking the Atlantic coast in Newport, Rhode Island. These scenes are from the first week of June. There's a narrow strip of thick vegetation on one side of the path and the cliff on the other. This prime Breeding habitat is upheld and defended by some of the best singers around. The birds seem habituated to human presence on Cliff Walk, giving a golden opportunity for close-up filming.Birds shown (eastern Song Sparrow, Melospiza melodia;Northern Cardinal, Cardinalis cardinalis; Yellow Warbler, Dendroica petechia; Gray Catbird, Dumetalla carolinensis; American Herring Gull (first summer), Larus argentatus; Double-crested Cormorant, Phalacrocorax auritus. Birds of North America playlist.

 
     
  Birds USA... Singing Song Sparrow
groenelantaarn
 
   
 
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Published on Sep 1, 2013

Singing Melospiza melodia

Romans acres, Peru, Indiana USA 06-08-2013

 
     

 

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