Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)

A small, abundant bird seen in all parks around Montreal. It migrates South during the winter. It's name derives of its male's beautiful repertoire of songs to attract females and to defend territory.

How To Identify

To identify, I look for a dark brown spot in the middle of the breast surrounded by light grey feathers; the long tail and the dark stripe over the eyes.

Where and When to Spot

Except winter all seasons, along rivers, ponds and pathways. Usually looking for food on the ground within dense bush vegetation but exposed on top of a bush while performing its song.


Photos of this species with information about where, when the photo has been taken; camera, lens used and camera settings.

  • Parc Pointe aux Prairies

    Sunday, June 7, 2020

    NIKON Z 6
    300mm f/4

    Focal Length 420mm
    Shutter Speed 1/1250s
    Aperture f5.6
    ISO 800

  • Rapids Park Lachine

    Saturday, April 14, 2018

    NIKON D500
    TAMRON SP AF 150-600mm F5-6.3 VC USD A011N

    Focal Length 600mm
    Shutter Speed 1/1250s
    Aperture f7.1
    ISO 2800

  • Rapids Park Lachine

    Sunday, April 17, 2016

    NIKON D7100

    Focal Length 600mm
    Shutter Speed 1/1000s
    Aperture f6.3
    ISO 320