This chunky sparrow has a striped head and a streaked breast with a dark central spot. Its strong, conical bill is good for husking seeds. Males perch on low shrubs or posts—usually about eye-level— to sing, lifting their chins to send their announcements far and wide. Songs vary from place to place, but most last between 2 and 4 seconds, and combine melodious high notes with harsher trills, buzzes or squawks.
Male Song Sparrows new to an area must learn the local song in order to attract females.
What’s for Lunch:
Fruits and seeds, plus a few bugs, snails, worms, and spiders
Any open areas throughout the reserve, year-round