Song Sparrow Information
Length: 5 - 7"
Habitat: Brushy edges of streams and ponds, forest edges, shrubby marsh edges, hedgerows, thickets, brushy fields, roadsides, residential areas. Favors moist, brushy habitat.
Diet: Insects such as grasshoppers, beetles, and caterpillars; spiders, weed seeds and grass seeds, wild fruits and berries. Birds in coastal areas may eat crustaceans and small mollusks.
Songs and calls of the Song Sparrow
Preferred Bird Feeder Food
The Song Sparrow prefers white millet and sunflower seeds (whole and hulled). They will also eat cracked corn, peanut hearts, and nyjer seed.
This bird generally feeds on the ground, but will also come to platform feeders.
Description, habitat, diet, behavior, nesting, and conservation status of this bird. Includes photos and range map. (From BirdWeb)
- Conical bill
- Brown crown
- Grayish face and supercilium
- Brown streak extends behind eye
- Thick malar streak
- Brown back with darker streaks
- Brown wings with some rust
- Underparts white with heavy dark streaks and central breast spot
- Long, brown, rounded tail
- Sexes similar
- Juvenile (Summer) similar to adult but buffier
- Considerable variation in plumage across its range from dark to rusty upperparts and in bill size and shape
(Credit: U. S. Geological Survey)
Breeding Bird Survey Map,
(Image credit: USGS)
Range in New England
Many Song Sparrows that breed in Maine and other northern areas of New England tend to move further south in the winter. This bird is found year round in the rest of New England.
Range Maps from Cornell
Song Sparrow breeding, nonbreeding and
Includes separate map of sightings.
Christmas Bird Count Map
Historical CBC Map from USGS