Bird Species of the World's Boreal Forests


Zonotrichia albicollis
White-throated Sparrow


Distinguishing Features - A large sparrow, up to 19 cm long; colouration: brown backed with black streaks; underside, greyish; throat, darker grey with white patch; yellow spot in front of eye; bill dark brown on top, greyish below; legs pink. Female similar but slightly smaller.

White-throated Sparrow Habitat

Breeds from north-eastern British Columbia east, across Canada's boreal region, south into mid-West U.S. and New England; coniferous and mixed woodland edges, burntlands and thickets.


Seeds and insects; wild fruits.


The song of the White-throated Sparrow is a familiar sound in the summer woods; you could say it sounds like I-love-Canada-Canada-Canada".
The White-Crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia aleucophrys, anothern northern Canada species, has more brilliantly defined head stripes, but lacks the yellow spot on them. The bill on the White-Crowned is pink, as opposed to the brown/greyi bill of the White-Throated Sparrow.

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