The White-throated Sparrow
Zonotrichia albicollis, is a passerine bird
of the American sparrow family Emberizidae.
It is a 17 cm long North American
species, breeding in central Canada and New
England. It nests either on the ground under
shrubs or low in trees in deciduous or mixed
forest areas and lays 3-5 brown-marked blue
or green-white eggs. In winter, it migrates
to the southern and eastern USA. This bird is
a rare vagrant to western Europe.
The rufous wings and white throat
make this an easy species to identify. Some
birds have a tan supercilium and browner head
than the more common white-striped form.
These birds forage on the ground
under or near thickets or in low vegetation.
They mainly eat seeds, insects and berries.
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