White-Throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) on a log in the snow.
Taken in Overton Park, Memphis, TN.
Canon EOS 30D; 70-200 mm f/2.8 with 2X EXT
Crisp facial markings make the White-throated Sparrow an attractive bird as well as a hopping, flying anatomy lesson. There’s the black eyestripe, the white crown and supercilium, the yellow lores, the white throat bordered by a black whisker, or malar stripe.
This Songbird is known for its serenade, a pretty, wavering whistle of “Oh-sweet-Canada, Canada, Canada”. The whistles are even but typically move slightly up or down in pitch by the second or third note. The whole song lasts about 4 seconds. White-throated Sparrows sing often during the breeding season, even in the middle of the day, and on their winter range as well. Males of both forms sing, and so does the “white-striped” female. “Tan-striped” females sing very rarely.
These birds forage on the ground under or near thickets or in low vegetation. They mainly eat seeds, insects and berries.
These forest sparrows breed mostly across Canada, but they’re familiar winter birds across most of eastern and southern North America and California.
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