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  • Charadrius nivosus
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About the Song Sparrow

The Song Sparrow is a species of New World sparrow found across much of North America. It is a migratory species, spending the winter across southern parts of the United States and breeding across a wide part of Canada. Birds residing across much of the United States may be year-round residents.

Song Sparrows are highly variable in their plumage and song. There are at least 24 widely accepted subspecies recognized, though up to 52 have been named. Song Sparrows generally have streaked brownish upperparts and streaking on the whitish underparts with a central dark spot in the middle of the breast.

Song Sparrows have a large natural range and their population trend is stable. They have a conservation status of Least Concern as of October 2014.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 17 November 2014
Scientific Name Melospiza melodia
  • Passeriformes
  • Emberizidae
  • Melospiza
  • M. melodia
Birdorable Family Sparrows
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 16 July 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
4.7 to 6.7 inches
7.1 to 9.4 inches
0.4 to 1.9 ounces

International Names

  • 歌带鹀 (Chinese)
  • strnadec zpěvný (Czech)
  • Sangspurv (Danish)
  • Zanggors (Dutch)
  • laulusirkku (Finnish)
  • Bruant chanteur (French)
  • Singammer (German)
  • Passero cantore (Italian)
  • ウタスズメ [utasuzume] (Japanese)
  • Sangspurv (Norwegian)
  • pasówka spiewna (Polish)
  • Певчий воробей (Russian)
  • Chingolo Cantor (Spanish)
  • Sångsparv (Swedish)

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