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Bird of the Week #4

Posted on April 29, 2014 at 1:05 PM

Today's Bird of the Week (and last week's mystery bird) is the Song Sparrow.

The Song Sparrow is generally a bird of the dense thickets, though it also frequents lawns and open bird feeders. It can be distinguished from other small sparrows by its dense underside streaking and dark spot on the central breast feathers. Although not a colorful bird, it has a beautiful song. The sound is sometimes described to jazzy, warbly, and bubbling. If nothing else, identify it by its vocal talent!

Song Sparrow

Melospiza melodia

Shape: small and compact; looks like a ball of brown fluff when puffed up.

Color pattern: nearly the same tone of brown over all the body; streaked underneath; streaked mantle; striped crown and face.

Habitat: marshland, wet woods, field edges, and suburban areas.

Voice: alarm call is a high, sharp stii, and contact note is a raspy schirp. Song is a 3-5 second rapid-fire jumble of buzzes, short notes, and trills.

Photos and text by Davey Walters. Copyright 2014.

Categories: birds, photography, Mystery Bird of the Week

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