Song Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Default sparrow of most open areas.  Very common across the US (and Canada in summer) in a wide variety of open habitat, both wet and dry.  Medium-sized sparrow with stout bill, rounded head and long tail; brown above, gray below and streaked; tones variable across the range.  Frequently perches up on low vegetation to sing; often gives “chimp” call when hidden.  Diet mainly seeds and fruit with some insects.  Usually nests in low vegetation; may have multiple clutches per year.  Lifespan up to 11 years.  Population ~ 130,000 and stable.  

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January 24, 2015