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White-throated Sparrow

White-winged Dove
White-throated Kingfisher

About the White-throated Sparrow

Also known as: Canada Sparrow, Peabody Bird

The White-throated Sparrow is a species of New World sparrow that breeds across much of Canada and spends the winter across much of the eastern and southeastern United States. There is also a population that winters along the west coast of California.

White-throated Sparrows are little brown birds that are named for a patch of white feathers found under the face. Adults have prominent yellow markings between the eye and the beak.

The White-throated Sparrow has a low, mournful song. One popular mnemonic for the song is "Poor Sam Peabody."

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 26 October 2012
Scientific Name Zonotrichia albicollis
  • Passeriformes
  • Emberizidae
  • Zonotrichia
  • Z. albicollis
Birdorable Family Sparrows
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 27 July 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
6.3 to 7.1 inches
7.9 to 9.1 inches
.8 to 1.1 ounces
Range North America United States (West) United States (East)

International Names

  • 白喉带鹀 (Chinese)
  • strnadec bělohrdlý (Czech)
  • Hvidstrubet Spurv (Danish)
  • Witkeelgors (Dutch)
  • valkokurkkusirkku (Finnish)
  • Bruant à gorge blanche (French)
  • Weißkehlammer (German)
  • Passero golabianca (Italian)
  • ノドジロシトド (nodoshiroshitodo) (Japanese)
  • Hvitstrupespurv (Norwegian)
  • pasówka bialogardla (Polish)
  • Белошейная зонотрихия (Russian)
  • Sabanero de Garganta Blanca (Spanish)
  • Vitstrupig sparv (Swedish)