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White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)

Posted on Oct 22, 2014

If you feed birds at home in the east it is extremely likely you have White-throated Sparrows (Zonotrichia albicollis) hanging out in your yard. They primarily scratch at and feed on seed on the ground. What struck me about this bird was how it was camouflaged so well with the earth and the fallen leaves. The oft seen species never appeared that way to me before even though all sparrows are mostly brown for a reason (life on the ground!), and I thought it was smart how well designed it was for feeding on the edge of woodlands like this one was.

White-throated Sparrow fall autumn-0591

Scott Kruitbosch
Conservation & Outreach Coordinator