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White-throated Sparrow - Zonotrichia albicollis

A common small sparrow with two slightly different morphs and the interesting behavior to mate only with the opposite morph. Migrates South in winter. Usually lingers near the ground within dense vegetation like bushes and low growing trees. Diet consists of seed, insects and berries.

Common Names

  • White-throated Sparrow (en)
  • Chingolo gorgiblanco (es)
  • Bruant à gorge blanche (fr)
  • Weißkehlammer (de)


  • Passeriformes
  • Passerellidae
  • Zonotrichia albicollis

Where & When to Spot

All spring, summer and autumn. Most have left in winter but I observed a single individuum at a feeder in Park Mont-Royal in winter.

Observation Logs

On every park visit, we maintain a log of species spotted and identified. If you maintain a similar list, please consider sharing it with Muuuh Wildlife Photography: Share Logs.

Park Pointe aux Prairies 2 0 0 0
Rapids Park Lachine 1 0 0 0

Times a species has been spotted, identified and logged while visiting this park. A species is reported only once / park visit. Only parks listed which we visit frequently all year long. Consult the page animal tracking about how we log observations in field.

How to Identify

The white throat is the name giving distinguished characteristing, I look for the yellow stripe above the eye, followed by a black and then in the middle of the head a white stripe. The other morph’s white stripes on the head are more brownish.


White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)

White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)

Park Pointe aux Prairies - 2017-05-13

NIKON D500; TAMRON SP AF 150-600mm F5-6.3 VC USD A011N; Focal Length 600mm; Exposure 1/1250; Aperture f6.3; Iso 1250;

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