The bird being featured today is the White-throated Sparrow, a passerine, larger that other sparrows and well defined features as well as attractive colors.
White-throated Sparrows are brown above and gray below with a striking head pattern. The black-and-white-striped head is augmented by a bright white throat and yellow between the eye and the bill, which is gray. You’ll also see a less boldly marked form, known as “tan-striped,” with a buff-on-brown face pattern instead of white-on-black. (I haven’t photographed any “tan-striped” yet)
White-throated Sparrow breeding grounds are in Canada, then migrate south to USA during winter, they have a very extended territory.
They eat plants and seeds and live in bushes, overgrown fields and also backyards. These birds have been visiting my backyard for several years.
Text and photographs © HJ Ruiz – Avian101