21. 1-21-503 Song Sparrow Nest (2)

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Collection: Zoology

Catalogue Number:  1-21-503

Class:  Aves
Order:  Passeriformes
Family:  Emberizidae
Scientific Name:  Melospiza melodia
Specimen Nature:  Nest and Egg,  in tin


Product Description

This is the nest of a Song Sparrow that was built within a discarded food tin, found near the Kaskattama River in northern Manitoba. Song sparrow pairs search for potential nest locations together, but it is the female that actually builds the nest. A clutch of 1 to 6 six eggs will be laid and then reared.

If you look closely, you can also see that a paper wasp has built its nest to the roof of the tin. Sheltered nooks for nesting and hiding are scarce in the north, and this shows that some species may even share. More than one species found this tin can and considered it a castle!

$35 Specimen adoption includes:

  • 1 year adoption
  • Certificate & photo
  • Tax receipt for $35