Wednesday, February 10, 2016

White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)

White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) in our yard.

Detailed information from Cornell Lab of Ornithology




Kathie Brown said...

Nice shot, Marvin. I see you have one with a tan striped head. I have one with a white-striped head hanging around at the edges of my yard. It is very wary and rarely comes out into the open to feed. I love to see it, though, and I really love to hear it sing!

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Nice photo. We have two that have been coming to our feeders this winter. They are a handsome sparrow.

Marvin said...

White-throated Sparrows are one of the more common birds here over the winter. The head strips seem to vary from bright white to tan and every shade of color in between.

The Cornell Labs site says White-throated Sparrows and Dark-eyed Juncos can interbreed and produce hybrid offspring, though I've never knowingly seen one. Had I read that bit of information anywhere else, I probably would have been skeptical about it's voracity, but I reckon I'll believe Cornell Labs.