The Song Sparrow is one of
the most familiar birds in parts of the United States, although its habit of
using dense vegetation may occasionally mask its presence. Song Sparrows
may vary greatly in size and coloration over their wide range in North
America. Over 30 different sub-species have been recognized.
varies greatly, although they are generally found near brush and
thickets. Habitats may include fencerows, streamsides, brushy
fields, forest edges and openings, and residential areas.
Diet: The summer diet consists of many
insects and spiders, while the winter diet consists primarily of the seeds of
grasses and weeds. Will also feed on assorted berries, while those near
coastal wetlands may feed on small mollusks and crustaceans.
Behavior: Often skulks in thickets and brush, but
males may be conspicuous when singing from higher perches. Primarily
forages on the ground, but also sometimes in trees and shrubs.
Nesting: May through July
Migration: Summers throughout the U.S. and Canada. Winters through most of the U.S.
and near the coastlines in Canada.
Status: Generally stable throughout its range.
Bird Feeders: Will attend feeders for various seeds.
Cornell Lab of Ornithology - Song Sparrow
Photo Information: October 15th, 2005 - Atkin's
Slough near Tea, in Lincoln County, South Dakota - Terry Sohl
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