Zonotrichia albicollis (JF Gmelin, 1789)
Family: Passeriformes > Passerellidae
Breeding in Canada and wintering over much of the eastern United States, this one of the most familiar birds in North America. It is a very rare visitor to Britain & Ireland. There are also several records of individuals on trans-Atlantic ships and North Sea oil rigs.
White-throated Sparrow occurs in two colour forms (white and tan crowned); males of both types prefer females with white stripes, but both females prefer tan-striped males, so birds usually mate with the opposite morph.
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Status and Trends
Population size and trends and patterns of distribution based on BTO surveys and atlases with data collected by BTO volunteers.
This species is a rare vagrant and was recorded during Bird Atlas 2007–11 as shown on the map.
Occupied 10-km squares in UK
|No. occupied in breeding season||1|
|% occupied in breeding season||0.03|
|No. occupied in winter||2|
|% occupied in winter||0.07|
This vagrant is too rarely reported to map distribution change.
White-throated Sparrow is a very rare vagrant with a scattering of records in winter and spring.
Information about movement and migration based on online bird portals (e.g. BirdTrack), Ringing schemes and tracking studies.
Lifecycle and body size information about White-throated Sparrow, including statistics on nesting, eggs and lifespan based on BTO ringing and nest recording data.
Sample sizes are too small to report Productivity and Nesting statistics for this species.
|Field Codes||5-letter code: WHTSP | Euring: 18400|
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