Song Sparrow

(Melospiza melodia)
Song Sparrow
A song sparrow sits on coyote brush on the coastal bluffs.

Will Elder,NPS


Natural History: The Song Sparrow feeds mostly on seeds, but it also forages for small invertebrates and berries at times. It seeks out low, dense vegetation, usually near water. It nests on the ground. The males can be seen and heard singing from perches. This species breeds in the spring and summer seasons.

General Distribution: In the Presidio, this species can be found along streams, springs, marshes, coastal scrub, forests with willow and blackberries, and around ornamentals. It breeds in the Presidio.

Frequency: This species is common all year.

Identifying Characteristics: The Song Sparrow has a breast streaked with a dark central spot. Its body color varies from a pale to dark brown.

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Last updated: February 28, 2015

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