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Song Sparrow


Melospiza melodia 
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.

Habitat:
Dense thickets with tall grasses and shrubs.

Nesting:
Cup-like nest of grasses placed on the ground. Eggs are greenish white with dark marks. Clutch size – 3 to 5 eggs.

Voice:

Song is a few repeated notes followed by a rich and varied warble.  Calls include “tsip” and ”tchump”.

Name Origin:

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.

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