Melospiza melodia

Common Names: Song sparrow
Category: Birds
Sub-category: American Sparrows, Towhees, Juncos, & Buntings

Among the native sparrows in North America, it is easily one of the most abundant, variable and adaptable species. Adult song sparrows have brown upperparts with dark streaks on the back and are white underneath with dark streaking and a dark brown spot in the middle of the breast. They have a brown cap and a long brown rounded tail. Their face is grey with a streak through the eye. They are highly variable in size across numerous subspecies. The body length ranges from 11 to 18 cm and wingspan can range from 18 to 25.4 cm.

Although they are a habitat generalist, their favorite habitat is brushy areas and marshes, including salt marshes. They also thrive in human areas, such as in suburbs, along edges in agricultural areas, and along roadsides. These birds forage on the ground, in shrubs or in very shallow water.

Edible Notes: There have been reports of it being edible, however due to its size, it's generally not recommended.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.
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