Bird Details
White-throated Sparrow
Color: Brown, White
Size: 6.75"
Season: Winter
Description: This bird has two forms: white-striped and tan-striped. The white-striped adult has black crown stripes and a white eyebrow that turns yellow near its bill. Has a white throat that is darkly outlined by a gray breast and belly. The tan-striped form has a tan eyebrow and a drab breast. The bill is gray in both forms.
Voice: Two sweet whistled notes followed by three to four quivering, higher-pitched notes in the rhythm of Oh sweet Canada Canada Canada or Old Sam Peabody Peabody Peabody. Call is a high-pitched tseep, commonly heard as groups of birds forage together.
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Habitat: Woods and brushy areas. Spend a great deal of time foraging on the ground and low in trees and shrubs.
Interesting Fact: In one banding study, it was reported that one White-throated Sparrow returned to the same back yard for six consecutive years, even though these birds have been known to travel more than 1,100 miles during their migration.
Scientific name: Zonotrichia albicollis
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Emberizidae

Howard Eskin

Tan-striped adult
Howard Eskin

Close-up of head pattern
Dan Scheiman
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