Sparrow family (Emberizidae)
Medium-sized sparrow, 5 ½” long. White breast with brown streaks and a large dark central spot, reddish-brown crown with a gray central stripe, white throat.
Dense thickets with tall grasses and shrubs.
Cup-like nest of grasses placed on the ground. Eggs are greenish white with dark marks. Clutch size – 3 to 5 eggs.
Song is a few repeated notes followed by a rich and varied warble. Calls include “tsip” and ”tchump”.
Melospiza: melos, Greek for “song”; spiza, Greek for “finch”; melodia, Greek and Latin for “pleasant song”
In the Nature Park:
Year-round resident. Common in meadows and shrub thickets. Males sing frequently during spring and summer from a mid-height perch.