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Song Sparrow, Melospiza melodia

The Song Sparrow likes Coastal Salt Marsh.Nesting habitat of the Song Sparrow

The Song sparrow usually nests on the ground. It will also nest within a few feet of the ground in shrubbery or other vegetation.

Range of the Song Sparrow

The Song Sparrow is found throughout California except in the Desert and in the High Sierras.

Habitat/ Plant community of the Song Sparrow

The Song sparrow likes dense herbage or shrubbery for cover.


Fresh water marsh

Coastal salt marsh

Coastal sage scrub

Mountain meadow

Migration of the Song Sparrow

There is some movement south in winter as well as some movements in elevation.

Diet of the Song Sparrow

The song sparrow eats mainly seeds. It also eats insects, spiders and other invertebrates. In coastal areas will eat crustaceans and mollusks. The song sparrow likes to forage on or near the ground in cover.

How to attract the song sparrow to your garden

The Song Sparrow likes cover near or in moist areas. They like to use willows, Salix spp. and wild grape, Vitus spp. for cover. For foraging areas sedges or rushes are appropriate and can make nice green lawn like areas in your garden. Feral and domestic cats prey on these birds as they nest near the ground.

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Song Sparrow, Melospiza melodia calling from an elderberry tree at Las Pilitas Nursery.
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