Song Sparrows are medium-sized and fairly chunky sparrows. Their bills are short and stout and their heads are somewhat rounded. Their tails are long but also rounded and they have broad wings.
Song Sparrows are kind of streaky and brown with dark streaks on their white chest and sides. Their head color is a mix of reddish-brown and slate gray but this coloring varies among the different variations of Song Sparrows across North America.
Song Sparrows flit their way through thick vegetation and low hanging branches, moving out onto open ground when looking for food. Most of their flying is for short distances with a fluttering motion and a typical downward bobbing of their tail.
Male Song Sparrows sing their beautiful “love” songs from the branches of small trees. Look for Song Sparrows along open forest edges, marsh edges, overgrown fields, backyards, and desert washes. Song Sparrows commonly visit backyard bird feeders and often build their nests near human habitation.
Scientists recognize 24 subspecies of Song Sparrows and have described as ...