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White-throated Sparrow

Zonotrichia albicollis


Size & Shape The White-throated Sparrow is a large, full-bodied sparrow with a fairly prominent bill, rounded head, long legs, and long, narrow tail. Color Pattern White-throated Sparrows are brown above and gray below with a striking head pattern. The black-and-white-striped head is augmented by a bright white throat and yellow between the eye and the bill, which is gray. You’ll also see a less boldly marked form, known as “tan-striped,” with a buff-on-brown face pattern instead of white-on-black.


Habitat Look for White-throated Sparrows in woods, at forest edges, in the regrowth that follows logging or forest fires, at pond and bog edges, and in copses near treeline. In winter you can find these birds in thickets, overgrown fields, parks, and woodsy suburbs. They readily come to backyards for birdseed.


White-throated Sparrows stay near the ground, scratching through leaves in search of food, often in flocks. You may see them low in bushes as well, particularly in spring when they eat fresh buds. White-throated Sparrows sing their distinctive songs frequently, even in winter. :)


LucBertrand 11 years ago

Thank you very much Birding For Fun ! I will add this information ! :)

Birding For Fun
Birding For Fun 11 years ago

Two different birds. First it the White-throated Sparrow, and the second one is indeed a warbler...a Yellow-rumped Warbler.

LucBertrand 11 years ago

thank you very much Blaise :))

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Sherbrooke, Québec, Canada

Spotted on Apr 25, 2012
Submitted on Apr 25, 2012

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