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Song sparrow (Melospiza melodia)
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Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Passerellidae
Genus: Melospiza
Baird, 1858
Type species
Fringilla melodia[1]
A. Wilson, 1810

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Melospiza is a genus of passerine birds formerly placed in the family Emberizidae, but now placed in Passerellidae. The genus, commonly referred to as "song sparrows," currently contains three species, all of which are native to North America.

Members of Melospiza are medium-sized sparrows with long tails, which are pumped in flight and held moderately high on perching. They are not seen in flocks, but as a few individuals or solitary. They prefer brushy habitats, often near water.

Species of Melospiza

Image Scientific name Common name Distribution
Melospiza lincolnii Lincoln's sparrow Canada, Alaska, and the northeastern and western United States
Melospiza melodia Song sparrow Canada and the United States.
Melospiza georgiana Swamp sparrow eastern North America and central Canada

See also


  1. ^ "Passerellidae". The Trust for Avian Systematics. Retrieved 2023-07-16.
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