White-throated Sparrow

White throated sparrow

White-throated Sparrows have a distinctive black and white striped head, bright white throat, and yellow between the eye and bill. Their backs are brown, and underneath is gray. There are two color differences with birds having either tan-striped or white-striped heads.

  • Zonotrichia albicollis
  • Length: 6.3-7.1 in (16-18 cm)
  • Weight: 0.8-1.1 oz (22-32 g)
  • Wingspan: 7.9-9.1 in (20-23 cm)


White-throated Sparrows are migratory birds, breeding mainly in Canada before heading south in winter to eastern and southern US states and the Pacific Coast.

Habitat And Diet

You can find White-throated Sparrows on the ground in forests and woods and along the edges of wooded areas, often in large flocks.

White-throated Sparrows eat mainly seeds of grasses and weeds as well as fruits such as grape, sumac, mountain ash, blueberry, blackberry, and dogwood. They will also eat many insects from the forest floor, especially in summer.

White-throated Sparrow Sounds:

Their distinctive whistle is a few long, slow notes that change pitch. They can sound like a person whistling.


Nests of White-throated Sparrows are built by females, usually on the ground or low to the ground, in dense vegetation. They are made from moss and twigs, lined with softer materials such as grass and animal hair.

They lay up to six eggs, which take around two weeks to hatch and a further week to two weeks for the young to fledge.

Attract White-throated Sparrows

Attract them to your backyard feeders with millet and black oil sunflower seeds on platform feeders.

Fun Fact:

White-throated Sparrows always breed with the opposite color morph, either tan-striped or white-striped heads.