Song Sparrow

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 17 November 2014
Scientific Name
Melospiza melodia
  • Passeriformes
  • Emberizidae
  • Melospiza
  • M. melodia
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 21 March 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
4.7 to 6.7 inches
7.1 to 9.4 inches
0.4 to 1.9 ounces

International Names

Chinese (汉语) 歌带鹀
Czech (Cesky) strnadec zpěvný
Danish (Dansk) Sangspurv
Dutch (Nederlands) Zanggors
Finnish (Suomi) laulusirkku
French (Français) Bruant chanteur
German (Deutsch) Singammer
Italian (Italiano) Passero cantore
Japanese (日本語) ウタスズメ [utasuzume]
Norwegian (Norsk) Sangspurv
Polish (Polski) pasówka spiewna
Russian (русский язык) Певчий воробей
Spanish (Español) Chingolo Cantor
Swedish (Svenska) Sångsparv
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