White-throated Sparrow
Zonotrichia albicollis

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Field Marks
  • Dark conical bill
  • Long slightly forked tail
  • Bold black and white (or tan) head stripes
  • Yellow lores
  • White throat contrasting with gray breast and cheeks
  • Brown back with dark streaks
  • Brown wings with two white wingbars
  • Whitish belly


Favor semi-open wooded areas that have sufficient shrubby growth. White-throated sparrows love to hide in brushy fencerows, in blackberry tangles, and forest edges.


Abundant in Atlanta during spring and fall migration.  Many White-throated Sparrows  winter in the Atlanta area.