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Melospiza melodia  (A. Wilson, 1810)
Taxonomic Serial No.: 179492

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 Taxonomy and Nomenclature
  Kingdom: Animalia  
  Taxonomic Rank: Species  
  Synonym(s): Zonotrichia melodia (A. Wilson, 1810)
  Common Name(s): Chingolo cantor [Spanish]
    tico-tico-musical [Portuguese]
    Gorrión cantor [Spanish]
    Song Sparrow [English]
    bruant chanteur [French]
  Taxonomic Status:    
  Current Standing: valid  
  Data Quality Indicators:    
  Record Credibility Rating: verified - standards met  

 Taxonomic Hierarchy
 KingdomAnimalia  – Animal, animaux, animals  
    SubkingdomBilateria  – triploblasts  
          PhylumChordata  – cordés, cordado, chordates  
             SubphylumVertebrata  – vertebrado, vertébrés, vertebrates  
                      ClassAves  – Birds, oiseaux  
                         OrderPasseriformes  – Perching Birds, passereaux  
                            FamilyPasserellidae  – New World sparrows, American sparrows, towhees  
                               GenusMelospiza S. F. Baird, 1858 – Song Sparrows  
                                  SpeciesMelospiza melodia (A. Wilson, 1810) – Chingolo cantor, tico-tico-musical, Gorrión cantor, Song Sparrow, bruant chanteur  
    Direct Children:  
                                     Subspecies Melospiza melodia adusta Nelson, 1899  
                                     Subspecies Melospiza melodia atlantica Todd, 1924  
                                     Subspecies Melospiza melodia caurina Ridgway, 1899  
                                     Subspecies Melospiza melodia cleonensis McGregor, 1899  
                                     Subspecies Melospiza melodia fallax (S. F. Baird, 1854)  
                                     Subspecies Melospiza melodia goldmani Nelson, 1899  
                                     Subspecies Melospiza melodia gouldii S. F. Baird, 1858  
                                     Subspecies Melospiza melodia graminea C. H. Townsend, 1890  
                                     Subspecies Melospiza melodia heermanni S. F. Baird, 1858  
                                     Subspecies Melospiza melodia insignis S. F. Baird, 1869  
                                     Subspecies Melospiza melodia kenaiensis Ridgway, 1900  
                                     Subspecies Melospiza melodia maxillaris Grinnell, 1909  
                                     Subspecies Melospiza melodia maxima Gabrielson & Lincoln, 1951  
                                     Subspecies Melospiza melodia melodia (A. Wilson, 1810)  
                                     Subspecies Melospiza melodia merrilli Brewster, 1896  
                                     Subspecies Melospiza melodia mexicana Ridgway, 1874  
                                     Subspecies Melospiza melodia montana Henshaw, 1884  
                                     Subspecies Melospiza melodia morphna Oberholser, 1899  
                                     Subspecies Melospiza melodia pusillula Ridgway, 1899  
                                     Subspecies Melospiza melodia rivularis W. E. Bryant, 1888  
                                     Subspecies Melospiza melodia rufina (Bonaparte, 1850)  
                                     Subspecies Melospiza melodia samuelsis (S. F. Baird, 1858)  
                                     Subspecies Melospiza melodia sanaka McGregor, 1900  
                                     Subspecies Melospiza melodia villai A. R. Phillips & Dickerman, 1957  

  Expert: Alan P. Peterson, M.D.  
  Notes: PO Box 1999 Walla Walla, Washington 99362-0999   
  Reference for: Melospiza melodia    
  Expert: Richard C. Banks  
  Notes: Chief, Bird Section, U.S.G.S. - B.R.D. - P.W.R.C.   
  Reference for: Melospiza melodia    
  Other Source(s):    
  Source: CDP, database (version 1999)  
  Acquired: 2003   
  Reference for: Song Sparrow[English], bruant chanteur [French]   
  Source: AOU Check-List (07-2007), website (version Jul-2007)  
  Acquired: 2007   
  Notes: American Ornithologists' Union's "List of the 2,046 Bird Species (With Scientific and English Names) Known From the A.O.U. Check-list Area" (AOU Check-list, 7th edition, updated with Supplements 42-48), maintained at   
  Reference for: Melospiza melodia, Song Sparrow [English]   
  Source: Comisión Nacional para el Conocimiento y Uso de la Biodiversidad, database (version undefined)  
  Acquired: 2001   
  Notes: CONABIO: (   
  Reference for: Gorrión cantor[Spanish]   
  Source: eBird/Clements Checklist (2021), database (version 2021)  
  Acquired: 2021   
  Notes: Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2021. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2021. Downloaded from   
  Reference for: Melospiza melodia   
  Source: Gill & Wright (2006) corrigenda/updates - 21-Sep-2007, website (version 1.1)  
  Acquired: 2007   
  Notes: Corrigenda & updates for "BIRDS OF THE WORLD Recommended English Names" available at   
  Reference for: Melospiza melodia, Song Sparrow [English]   
  Source: HBW and BirdLife Int. v.5 (2020), database (version 5)  
  Acquired: 2021   
  Notes: HBW and BirdLife International (2020) Handbook of the Birds of the World and BirdLife International digital checklist of the birds of the world. Version 5. Available at:   
  Reference for: Melospiza melodia   
  Source: IOC World Bird List (v 5.3), website (version 5.3)  
  Acquired: 2015   
  Notes: Gill, F., and D. Donsker, eds. 2015. IOC World Bird List (v 5.3). Available at [Accessed 04 September, 2015]   
  Reference for: Melospiza melodia, Song Sparrow [English]   
  Source: IOC World Bird List (version 12.1), website (version 12.1)  
  Acquired: 2022   
  Notes: Gill, F., D. Donsker, and P. Rasmussen, eds. 2022. IOC World Bird List (v 12.1). doi: 10.14344/IOC.ML.12.1. Available at [Accessed 21 Jan, 2022]   
  Reference for: Melospiza melodia, Song Sparrow [English], bruant chanteur [French], tico-tico-musical [Portuguese], Chingolo cantor [Spanish]   
  Source: NODC Taxonomic Code, database (version 8.0)  
  Acquired: 1996   
  Reference for: Melospiza melodia   
  Source: Zoonomen - Zoological Nomenclature Resource, 2015.02.01, website (version 01-Feb-15)  
  Acquired: 2015   
  Notes: 'Zoonomen Nomenclatural data' maintained by Alan P. Peterson at   
  Reference for: Melospiza melodia   
  Author(s)/Editor(s): Banks, R. C., R. W. McDiarmid, and A. L. Gardner  
  Publication Date: 1987   
  Article/Chapter Title: Checklist of Vertebrates of the United States, the U.S. Territories, and Canada   
  Journal/Book Name, Vol. No.: Resource Publication, no. 166   
  Page(s): 79   
  Publisher: United States Department of the Interior Fish and Wildlife Service   
  Publication Place: Washington, D.C., USA   
  Reference for: Melospiza melodia   
  Author(s)/Editor(s): Dickinson, E. C., and L. Christidis, eds.  
  Publication Date: 2014   
  Article/Chapter Title:    
  Journal/Book Name, Vol. No.: The Howard and Moore Complete Checklist of the Birds of the World, 4th Edition, Vol. 2 Passerines   
  Page(s): lii + 752   
  Publisher: Aves Press   
  Publication Place: Eastbourne, UK   
  ISBN/ISSN: 9780956861122   
  Reference for: Melospiza melodia, Song Sparrow [English]   
  Author(s)/Editor(s): Gill, Frank, and Minturn Wright  
  Publication Date: 2006   
  Article/Chapter Title:    
  Journal/Book Name, Vol. No.: Birds of the World: Recommended English Names   
  Page(s): ix + 259   
  Publisher: Princeton University Press   
  Publication Place: Princeton, New Jersey, USA   
  ISBN/ISSN: 0-691-12827-8   
  Notes: Includes a CD-ROM with the full dataset   
  Reference for: Melospiza melodia, Song Sparrow [English]   

 Geographic Information
  Geographic Division: North America  
    Middle America  
  Jurisdiction/Origin: Alaska, Native  
    Canada, Native  
    Continental US, Native  
    Mexico, Native  






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