BIRD OF THE WEEK — SONG SPARROW — PLANET EARTH BIRD WORLD group

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BIRD OF THE WEEK

Song Sparrow

At first glance, the Song Sparrow is a typical “little brown job,” a term sometimes bestowed by frustrated birders on species in the large, often look-alike sparrow family. But a closer look at this familiar bird reveals a species as variable and interesting as the most exotic quetzal or cotinga.

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Melospiza melodia
POPULATION: 130 million
TREND: Decreasing
HABITAT: Breeds and winters in brushy, weedy edges, often along streams or in marshes. Common in suburban habitats.

The Song Sparrow lives up to its name, singing persistently throughout the year. Its song consists of three to four short notes followed by a varied trill, sometimes represented as “maids, maids, maids, put on your teakettle-ettle-ettle ettle.” Its call is a loud, distinctive “chimp.”

Ploceus cucullatus ♂ (Black-headed Weaver) - Isunga, Uganda//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

American Redstart (Female)//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

Tacuarita Azul (Polioptila dumicola)//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

Eyes of the Forest --- Augen des Waldes --- Ojos del Bosque//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

PAINTED BUNTING female At Circle B Bar Reserve, Lakeland, Florida//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

 

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