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.”
Scientific Name: Zonotrichia albicollis.
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.
Range maps provided by Kaufman Field Guides, the official field guide of Birds & Blooms.