BIRDS OF THE BALTIMORE-WASHINGTON METRO AREA
METROPOLITAN NATURALIST
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)

The song sparrow is one of our more visible sparrows with its habit of sitting on telephone wires or
the tops of small trees while singing loudly. This bird is a year-round resident here. The streaked
breast with a central spot distinguish the adult song sparrow from our other sparrows. Young birds
do not have the dark spot.

The song sparrow is a bird of open areas, especially areas with shrubs and tall grass, as well as
suburban backyards.
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Song Sparrow
Song Sparrow
A Song Sparrow at the Patuxent Research Refuge in Laurel, Maryland
A pair of geese on a Virginia pond.
Song Sparrow
Notice the streaked breast and dark spot in the center of the breast.