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This is the cover and December image of my new calendar
Songbirds of the Canadian Prairies
Photographed in Ste. Rita, Manitoba, Canada
Canon EOS XTi; Sigma 150-500mm lens

The White-throated Sparrow is a passerine bird of the American sparrow family Emberizidae. The White-throated Sparrow measures 15 to 19 cm (5.9 to 7.5 in) in length with a wingspan of 23 cm (9 inches). Typical weight is 22 to 32 g (0.78 to 1.1 oz), with an average of 26 g (0.91 oz).23 Among standard measurements, the wing chord is 6.3 to 7.9 cm (2.5 to 3.1 in), the tail is 6.8 to 7.7 cm (2.7 to 3.0 in), the bill is 1 to 1.2 cm (0.39 to 0.47 in) and the tarsus is 2.2 to 2.4 cm (0.87 to 0.94 in).4
Ottawa, Ontario

There are two adult plumage variations known as the tan-striped and white-striped forms. On the white-striped form the crown is black with a white central stripe. The supercilium is white as well. The auriculars are gray with the upper edge forming a black eye line.

On the tan form, the crown is dark brown with a tan central stripe. The supercilium is tan as well. The auriculars are gray/light brown with the upper edge forming a brown eye line. Both variations feature dark eyes, a white throat, yellow lores and gray bill. There is variation and some individuals may show dark lateral stripes of each side of the throat.

They almost always pair with the opposite color morph for breeding. The two color morphs occur in approximately equal numbers. Both male and female white-striped birds are more aggressive than tan-striped birds during the breeding season.

The breast has gray/tan streaks and the streaks continue down the flanks but the belly is generally light gray. The wings are rufous with two distinct white wing bars. Sexes are morphologically similar


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  • Tracy Faught
    Tracy Faughtalmost 2 years ago

    This is lovely!! These guys are really pretty little songsters eh? :O]

  • thank you Tracy, did you view the calendar? There is no other way to add a calendar to groups except a link. I’m glad you like it

    – Vickie Emms

  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonalmost 2 years ago

    Natures Paintbrush

    BEAUTIFUL work,

  • thank you Ann

    – Vickie Emms

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkealmost 2 years ago

  • missmoneypenny
    missmoneypennyalmost 2 years ago

    Really pretty work

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppalmost 2 years ago

    Nice detail, and well documented Vickie.

  • Deborah  Benoit
    Deborah Benoitalmost 2 years ago

    Beautiful work!!

  • NewfieKeith
    NewfieKeithalmost 2 years ago

  • JRPowers
    JRPowersalmost 2 years ago

  • thanks so very much Deranda!

    – Vickie Emms

  • Leslie van de Ligt
    Leslie van de ...almost 2 years ago

    Oh so lovely Sis and a fave :>)) Leslie

  • thank you so much sis

    – Vickie Emms

  • Steve Randall
    Steve Randallalmost 2 years ago

    Featured Wednesday 24 Oct 2012

    Beautiful Work

  • thank you Steve, I hope you saw my entire calendar, you might enjoy.
    This is a great honor for me to be featured

    – Vickie Emms

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