Song Sparrow

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.

We combine physical characterics and behavior patterns with location and seasonal aspects to identify species.

Where & 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.

With each photo, we store date and geo-location providing us data about location and season of observation. We also use a tracking utility to save observations in the field when there was no opportunity to take a good shot.

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Common Names

Singammer [de]
Song Sparrow [en]
Gorrión melódico [es]
Bruant chanteur [fr]

Source: Wikipedia

Scientific Name

Melospiza melodia


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