To casual observers and novice birders, sparrows often all look like the same small brown birds. However, there are about 10-15 different common species in our area, some year-round and some only present certain times of year.

One interesting feature of sparrows is they have songs with a learned component, meaning not all members of the same species have exactly the same song. People generally learn standard songs of a species but there is subtle variation or “dialect” by region and sometimes even variation among individuals in the same location.

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