White-throated Sparrow

3.5" x 5.5" (9 x 14 cm)
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No. 28 White-throated Sparrow Length 6 3/4 inches The White-throated Sparrow, while perhaps not so widely known as the Song Sparrow, is a general favorite of bird-lovers. Its silvery, flute-like notes may be heard in sheltered ravines on warm September days, when, as a migrant, it journeys southward to its winter home. It is a very sociable bird, and is found in flocks of varying size. It often occurs in company with other Sparrows and with Juncos and Towhees. It is seldom found far from the ground, and loves briar patches and dense thickets on the borders of woodlands. Here it feeds, spending much time hopping and scratching among the dead leaves for weed seeds and other food. It also fees upon berries and other small fruits. The White-throat is highly regarded in Canada and New England, where it is often called "Peabody Bird", from the supposed resemblance of its song to the syllabels of the name. During migration its presence is made known by the sharp metallic "clink" which rises up in the dusk from the thickets and briar patches wich are its roosting-places. The nest of the White-throat is on the ground, or in bushes, and contains four or five bluish-white eggs thickly speckled with brown. Classification: Order Passeres. Family Fringillidae. Scientific name: Zonotrichia albicollis. Range: Eastern North America; breeds from the region of the Great Lakes and New England and northward; winters southward to the Gulf States

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