Fun Facts About White-throated Sparrows

  • White-throated SparrowIndividual White-throated Sparrows have either white stripes on their head or tan stripes. These distinct color forms are genetic in origin. White-striped birds are more aggressive than tan-striped ones, and each bird almost always mates with a bird whose stripe color is opposite from their own.
  • White-throated Sparrows with white striped heads are known to sing and contribute to the defense of their breeding. Tan striped females do not exhibit the same behavior.
  • White-throated Sparrows are known to migrate at night and begin their flights around sunset. Some research studies suggest they use star patterns as one means of navigation.
  • Watch for White-throated Sparrows feeding on the ground while flipping aside leaves with their bill or by scratching away the leaf litter with a series of quick kicks with their feet.
  • White-throated Sparrows and the Dark-eyed Juncos have been known to occasionally mate and produce hybrids.
  • White-throated Sparrows show loyalty to their winter territories and are likely to return to the same areas each year.