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Sparrows Display Personalities During Fights
2013-12-04 08:52:17

New findings show that consistent individual differences exist not only for how aggressive individual song sparrows are but also for how much they use their signals to communicate their aggressive intentions.

Having The Biggest Playlist Doesn't Make A Male Songbird The Brainiest Of The Bunch
2013-05-22 13:17:58

For songbirds, singing a lot of songs indicates a bird is smart, but that signal is not necessarily indicative of intelligence for everything

Aggressive Sparrows Escalate Their Territorial Threats
2013-02-13 10:39:27

Song sparrows typically employ an increasingly threatening signal strategy aimed at running off trespassing rivals.

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2011-08-11 08:31:17

While singing the same songs as your neighbors may sound harmonious, research conducted at Queen’s University Biological Station (QUBS) suggests that song-sharing amongst song sparrow populations is actually an aggressive behavior, akin to flinging insults back and forth.

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2009-10-21 08:19:31

It may take a village to raise a child, and apparently it takes at least two adult birds to teach a young song sparrow how and what to sing.


Latest Song Sparrow Reference Libraries

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2006-02-21 05:52:07

The Swamp Sparrow (Melospiza Georgiana) is a medium-sized sparrow with a slow monotone trill, slower than that of the Chipping Sparrow. Adults have streaked rusty and black upperparts with a grey breast, light belly and a white throat. They have a rust-colored cap and wings. Their face is grey with a dark line through the eye. They have a short bill and fairly long legs. Their breeding habitat consists of marshes (including salt marshes) across eastern North America and central Canada....

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2006-02-21 05:47:43

The Lincoln's Sparrow (Melospiza lincolnii) is a medium-sized sparrow that was named by Audubon after his friend, Thomas Lincoln. Adult birds have dark-streaked olive-brown upperparts, a light brown breast with fine streaks, a white belly and a white throat. Their cap is brown and has a grey stripe in the middle. Their wings are olive-brown and their tail narrow. Their face is grey with brown cheeks, a brown line through the eye and an eye ring. They are somewhat similar in appearance to...

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2006-02-21 05:35:19

The Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) is a medium-sized sparrow with brown upperparts, dark streaks on the back and white underparts. They also have dark streaking and a dark brown spot in the middle of the breast. They have a brown cap and a long brown tail. Their face is grey with a streak through the eye. There are regional variations in this bird's appearance across its range. They breed in brushy areas and marshes, including salt marshes, across most of Canada and the United States and...

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2005-06-02 08:05:34

The Swamp Sparrow (Melospiza Georgiana) is a medium-sized sparrow. Adults have streaked rust and black upperparts with a grey breast, light belly and a white throat. They have a rust-colored cap and wings and their face is grey with a dark line through the eye. They have a short bill and fairly long legs. Their breeding habitat includes marshes, such as salt marshes, across eastern North America and central Canada. The bulky nest is attached to marsh vegetation, often with leaves...

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Word of the Day
ecotone
  • A transitional zone between two communities containing the characteristic species of each.
The word 'ecotone' comes 'eco-' plus a Greek root meaning 'tension'.