Posted by: atowhee | May 19, 2021


Two dozen subspecies. Dozens of varieties. Widely distributed with coloration regionally fitted to local climate and amount of sunshine. Here’s what Google tells you “Scientists recognize 24 subspecies of Song Sparrows and have described some 52 forms: they are one of the most regionally variable birds in North America. In general, coastal and northern birds are darker and streakier, with southern and desert birds wearing paler plumages.

Here’s what you’ll see now in southern Minnesota. These four shots sent to me by Marc Reigel. a friend who lives in Twin Cities.

Here is Song Sparrow on feeder at my daughter’s home in Portland:

Savannah Sparrow in Harney County, late summer.

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