White-Throated Sparrow

The White-Throated Sparrow is often nicknamed the Canada bird or the Peabody bird, in imitation of a typical song, written as “Oh, sweet Canada, Canada, Canada,” or “Poor Sam Peabody, Peabody, Peabody.”


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White-Throated Sparrow
Nancy Tully
White-Throated Sparrow


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Nancy Tully White-Throated Sparrow

Scientific Name: Zonotrichia albicollis.
Family: Sparrow.
Length: 6-3/4 inches.
Wingspan: 9 inches.
Distinctive Markings: White throat, yellow patches in front of eyes and striped heads; some are striped white and black, others tan with dark brown.
Nest: Builds a nest from fine materials on or near the ground; lays up to six blue to green eggs with reddish-brown specks.
Voice: “Old Sam Peabody, Peabody, Peabody” or “Oh, sweet Canada, Canada, Canada.”
Habitat: Gardens, residential areas, woodlands and clearings.
Diet: Weed seeds, fruits, buds and insects.
Backyard Favorites: Red and white millet, sunflower, cracked corn and other seeds in tray feeders.

Bird Song & Range Map

Listen to the White-Throated Sparrow’s song and learn where to spot them!

Bird songs provided by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

White-throated Sparrow Bird Species

Range maps provided by Kaufman Field Guides, the official field guide of Birds & Blooms.

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