Song Sparrow

3.5" x 5.5" (9 x 14 cm)
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No. 27 Song Sparrow Length 6 1/4 inches This Sparrow, in its varying forms, is perhaps the most widely distributed and most abundant of all our native birds. It is very hardy and prolific, and exhibits a wonderful power of adaptability, for it is equally at home in many different environments. The Song Sparrow is one of Nature's optimists and may be heard singing somewhere every day in the year. It often sings on bright, sunny zero mornings, when the ground is covered with snow, just as cheerily as when alder catkins sway over the brooks in springtime. It may even break forth in snatches of song at any hour of the night. This well-loved Sparrow is a very friendly and sociable bird, and may readily be attracted about the home by the provision of food and desirable nesting sites. It is very fond of thickets and briar patches in the vicinity of lakes or watercourses, and is usually not to be found far from such situations. The nest is either on the ground or in bushes, and is made of grasses, dead leaves and rootlets lined with finer material. Four or five eggs are laid, bluish-white and finely speckled with brown. Classification: Order Passeres. Family Fringillidae. Scientific name: Melospiza melodia melodia. Range: Greater part of North America. More than twenty geographic races have been described; the eastern race is found east of the Rocky Mountains. No. 27 from set of 50 Winter Birds of the Northeastern United States. Published by the National Association of Audubon Societies, 1974 Broadway, New York City

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