White-throated Sparrow — Zonotrichia albicollis

Order Passeriformes
Family Emberizidae
Genus Zonotrichia
Species albicollis

A gray chested sparrow with a white throat patch and a yellow spot between the eye and bill. The bill is blackish. This species is polymorphic; adults with black and white stripes on their head mate with birds having brown and tan stripes. In winter, the colors are duller. These sparrows are found in thickets, brush, and undergrowth of conifers and mixed woodlands. They nest in New England and Canada, and winter south to Texas and Florida.

White-throated Sparrow
© Lynn Whitmore, December 2014

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© Diane Lepkowski,
March 2011

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