Song Sparrows (Melospiza melodia) are found throughout most of North America, and here in southern Arizona, they are common in brushy areas near water. I often hear these exuberant singers when I visit the Sweetwater Wetlands here in Tucson, but Song Sparrows can be difficult to get a good look at because of their fondness for dense brush. Luckily, this one emerged into the winter sunlight just long enough for its picture to be taken.
A Song Sparrow can be recognized by its brown-streaked chest with a dark central spot and by its white throat bordered on each side by two brown stripes trailing down from the corners of the beak. Song Sparrows show geographic variation in appearance, and the Song Sparrows found here are lighter-colored and less boldly marked than the Song Sparrows found in the northern and eastern regions of North America.