• Peak Breeding Activity: April-August
• Incubation: 12-14 days
• Clutch Size: 3-5 eggs
• Young Fledge: 18-20 days after hatching
• Typical Foods: seeds, grains, grass and berries
The heavily brown-striped breast with a large central breast spot is the best identifying mark of the song sparrow. The head is also brown striped. A unique habit of the song sparrow is their tendency to pump their tails in flight.
Habitat and Habits
A common permanent resident, this is our only sparrow that can easily be seen throughout the year. It is found in gardens and woodland borders and along roadsides. The song is three clear introductory notes followed by a lively, varied musical trill. They are often heard on cold, but sunny winter days.
Reproduction and Care of the Young
The nest is a woven cup of leaves and grass, often lined with hair. Early nests are placed on the ground; later in the season they are placed four to six feet up in shrubs. The three to five eggs are greenish-white, spotted with brown.