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White-throated Sparrow Zonotrichia albicollis

A common small sparrow with two slightly different morphs and the interesting behavior to mate only with the opposite morph. Migrates South in winter. Usually lingers near the ground within dense vegetation like bushes and low growing trees. Diet consists of seed, insects and berries.



Common Names

EnglishWhite-throated Sparrow
FrenchBruant à gorge blanche
SpanishChingolo gorgiblanco


SpeciesZonotrichia albicollis

How to Identify

The white throat is the name giving distinguished characteristing, I look for the yellow stripe above the eye, followed by a black and then in the middle of the head a white stripe. The other morph’s white stripes on the head are more brownish.

White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) - Parc Nature Pointe aux Prairies - 2017-05-13

Where and When to Spot

All spring, summer and autumn. Most have left in winter but I observed a single individuum at a feeder in Park Mont-Royal in winter.

Jardin Botanique de Montréal - - - x
Parc Angrignon x - - -
Parc Michel-Chartrand x - - -
Parc Nature Pointe aux Prairies x - - -
Parc des Rapides x - - -

Where and when a species has been observed, identified, and recorded.

Last updated on 2024-03-14. Written and regularly updated by Karl-Heinz Müller, Dipl. Natw. ETH, Biology. With 10 years of experience in wildlife photography, Karl-Heinz shares first-hand, on-site collected observations, photos and videos from his frequent visits to parks in the Montreal area.