White Throated Sparrow

Zonotrichia albicollis


Conservation Status

  • White-throated species migrate to the Cumberland River Basin for the winter. They are most common from October to April. 
  • The bird prefers the thick cover of woody thickets and shrubs and is a common visitor to winter bird feeders. 
  • The species has a haunting, melancholy call – poor sam peabody, peabody, peabody. 
  • In 2020, ornithologists discovered that white-throated sparrows in British Columbia have begun to sing a slightly altered version of their famous song. This alternate song has begun to make its way east.