27 Jul 2011

Bird world whistler: White-throated Sparrow

White Throated Sparrow perched

The White-throated Sparrow is a bird that often difficult to catch sight of, unless you watch for him on the ground, low in the bushes, or at the bird feeder.  Although quite common, he is a beautiful bird, and once you have heard him, you are likely to listen for him unconsciously throughout the year.  His simple, whistled song carries wide and far and hits you right in the center of the self, where it lingers, rendering it unforgettable.

White throated sparrow Peeking through the leaves
This is a species of bird, the only one I am aware of to date, whose female sings as well as the male.

Wary White Throated Sparrow

White throated Sparrow almost in full view

As you can see from these photos, this is a bird that prefers to keep well hidden.  To see this bird perched out in the open and higher up in the canopy of a tree is a rare occasion.  If you wish to hear this bird's song just follow this link:


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