White-throated Sparrow

(Zonotrichia albicollis)

               
Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

White-throated Sparrow

NatureServe

N5B, N5N - Secure Breeding and Nonbreeding

SNRB, SNRN - Unranked Breeding and Nonbreeding

Minnesota

not listed

Occurrence

Common to abundant migrant, common breeder

Habitat

Breeding: Semi-open coniferous and mixed forests, shrubby forest edges

Migration: Woodlots, wooded parks, riparian brush

 
Size

6½ to 7½ in length

9 wingspan

 

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Migration

Mid-April to late May and late August to early November


Comments

Taxonomy
New World sparrows were traditionally combined with buntings into the family Emberizidae. Recent phylogenetic analysis (Barker et al. 2013) and mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) analysis (Klicka et al. 2014) found that the Old World buntings should be separated as a sister to New World sparrows. New World sparrows have been separated into a new family, Passerellidae.

 
Phenology

April 6, 2012 – First sighting in spring (back yard feeder)


Taxonomy

Order:

Passeriformes (perching birds)

 

Family:

Passerellidae (New World sparrows)


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       

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  White-throated Sparrow: Whistler of the North
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Uploaded on Feb 10, 2010

Perhaps of the most beautiful sparrow song of all is that of the White-throated Sparrow, a handsome species that breeds in northern areas where spruce and fir trees abound. The song of the male is simple yet elegant. It is composed of clear, pure whistles. There is usually a noticeable pitch change at the beginning of each song (after the first or second note) and most songs end with two or three triplets—whistles that are composed of three obvious pulses.

Individual males sing only one stereotyped song pattern, and neighboring males may sing noticeably different songs. The cadence of one common song pattern is revealed by two popular memory phrases: My Sweet, Canada, Canada, Canada and Old Sam Peabody, Peabody, Peabody.

The video footage was gathered in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York. The setting was an open parkland dotted with patches of Balsam Fir and Black Spruce.

© 2010 Lang Elliott & Bob McGuire
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Uploaded on May 15, 2011

White-throated Sparrow singing from a spruce in Maine.

 
     
  White -Throated Sparrow Calls and Sounds - Watch in HD
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The call of the White throated sparrow -- Oh sweet Canada, Canada, Canada, or old-sam, peabody, Peabody, Peabody-- brings with it such an amicable whistle, that it is no wonder it goes so harmoniously with the peaceful expanse of Canada's boreal woodlands. You could even say, and many do, that the White-Throated sparrow's call has become an anthem for the untouched regions of the boreal wilderness. I couldn't imagine a summer morning/evening's stroll through the forest without hearing the memorable White-throated sparrows song.

 
     
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Another video of a white-throated sparrow singing in the Miane forest.

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  White-throated Sparrow (Emberizidae: Zonotrichia albicollis) Feeding
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Photographed at Grand Forks, North Dakota (12 October 2009)

 
     

 

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Susan
4/29/2017

Location: st Louis Park MN

Have not actually seen but have heard it (familiar w the call, fromvisits to Canada).


     
     
 

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