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White-throated Sparrow

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White-striped form Photo © by KC Foggin Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, USA, October 2007
White-striped form
Photo © by KC Foggin
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, USA, October 2007
Zonotrichia albicollis

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[edit] Identification

Tan-striped form Photo © by KC Foggin Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, USA, November, 2007
Tan-striped form
Photo © by KC Foggin
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, USA, November, 2007

15–17 cm (6-6¾ in) There are both tan-striped and white-striped forms.

[edit] Similar Species

White-crowned Sparrow, which has a light gray throat, and a very broad white median crown stripe with a black border.

[edit] Distribution

Transitional Plumage, White-striped form Photo © by KC FogginMyrtle Beach, South Carolina, USA, March 2009
Transitional Plumage, White-striped form
Photo © by KC Foggin
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, USA, March 2009

Breeds from northwest Canada east to Labrador and Newfoundland and south to Ohio, Pennsylvania and Maryland.

Winters in the eastern USA from the Great Lakes south to Gulf Coast and Florida, and also in small numbers on the Pacific coast.

The most frequently seen Nearctic sparrow in the Western Palearctic, recorded in Iceland and the British Isles, the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Spain and Gibraltar. The first for Norway was recorded in July 2002. British records (c.24) most often on Shetland and usually in May-June but also recorded on the English east coast and the Isle of Man.

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].

[edit] Habitat

Coniferous forest with dense undergrowth and brushy edges and clearings. On passage and in winter on farmland with hedgerows and thickets, woodland edges, parks and suburban gardens.

[edit] Behaviour

Forages on the ground. Rather a skulking bird, hides in bushes.

[edit] Vocalisation

Song: Weak, whistled notes sounding like Old Sam Peabody, Peabody
Call: Very high pitched, short tseeet

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Collins Field Guide 5th Edition
  3. Collins Bird Guide ISBN 0 00 219728 6

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