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Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)
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Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)

General Description: Song Sparrows (Melospiza melodia) are large sparrows with dark colors (gray and brown), heavy streaking on the breast and back, and a large, dark spot in the center of the breast (central spot). There are two gray stripes on the side of the face separated by a red stripe. The wings and tail can be red.

Song Sparrows differ slightly among subspecies, but they all tend to be red with gray stripes on the head. Note that some photos here show gray birds, while others show red birds.

Song Sparrows can be confused with Fox Sparrows. However, the back of a Song Sparrow is streaked, while that of a Fox Sparrows is solid.

Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)

Taxonomy: Passeriformes, Emberizidae.

Favored Habitat: Wet, shrubby places.

Where to Find: Willow Springs at Red Rock Canyon NCA, the Henderson Ponds, and the "desert marsh" along the Riverside Walk in Zion National Park.

Comments: True to the name, Song Sparrows sing delightfully.

Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) If you were a tasty berry or a little seed, this might be the last face you ever see!
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Typical habitat: brushy vegetation at the edge of a pond
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)
Typical habitat: marshy vegetation at the edge of a pond
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Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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