Song Sparrow, Melospiza melodia
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.
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
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.