Sparrow family (Emberizidae)
A medium-sized sparrow. 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”.
The genus name Melospiza is from the Greek for "song finch." The species name melodia is from the Greek and Latin for “pleasant song.”
In the Nature Park:
Year-round resident. Common in meadows and shrub thickets.