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White-throated Sparrow

Zonotrichia albicollis

White-throated Sparrow
copyright Robert Shantz
Length: 7 in. (17 cm)
This sparrow winters in open woodlands, brushy grasslands and shrubby areas. It feeds mainly on the ground and eats seeds in the winter and insects, buds and seeds in the summer. This common species nests in shady, protected areas on or near the ground in coniferous and broad leaf tree forests. The nest is made of grass, moss, and feathers. The four-digit banding code is WTSP.
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Female
copyright Oliver Niehuis

Riparian / River forest
Riparian / River forest

Shrubs
Shrubs

Agricultural
Agricultural

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Male
Twittering (sound type)
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Male
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