A very common bird in SoCal backyards and parks. The SOSP earns its name by, you guessed it: singing, especially in springtime/breeding season. Its song is a bit repetitious, but also very melodious. As a hatchling, it knows the basic SOSP tune, then picks up unique characteristics from its parents’ songs. This sparrow is more comfortable on the ground or perched on a twig (for singing), than on a feeder.