White-Throated Sparrow


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Bird Spotting: White-throated sparrows come in two forms, called color morphs. Crowns can either be black with white stripes or tan with white stripes. Tan-crowned birds tend to have a brownish chest, while the chests of black-crowned individuals are black. Just above each dark eye of both varieties is a small patch of yellow.

Habitat: When breeding the white-throated sparrow sticks close to its Canadian home. In the winter, however, the bird can be seen in fields, woodlands, pastures and suburban areas throughout the eastern United States.

Nesting: White-throated sparrows lay four or five pale green eggs heavily spotted with brown. Their nests are composed of grass, roots and moss, and are usually found in forest undergrowth.

Bird Bite: Individuals almost always mate with their opposite color morph.