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 Black-throated Sparrow (Amphispiza bilineata)




Black-throated Sparrow | Amphispiza bilineata photo
Black-Throated Sparrow, Anza Borrego Desert State Park, Borrego Springs, California

Photograph by Alan And Elaine Wilson. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

Black-throated Sparrow | Amphispiza bilineata photo
Black-Throated Sparrow, Anza Borrego Desert State Park, Borrego Springs, California

Photograph by Alan And Elaine Wilson. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

BLACK-THROATED SPARROW FACTS

Description
The Black-throated Sparrow has gray body with white underside. The throat is black, and has a white face stripe above the eye. The bill is dark and conical. The tail is long and rounded, and mainly black with some white patches on the outer feathers. Males and females are similar. Juveniles are more brown with dusky streaks and spots on the throat and chest, and faint face pattern.

Size
12cm - 14 cm

Environment
desert, dry scrub

Food
feeds on seeds during winter, and insects during breeding season. Also eats grasses and herbs.

Breeding
The Black-throated Sparrow builds a cup-shaped nest from grasses and stems lined with plant fibers, hair, wool, and feathers. The nest is built in bush and may be close to the ground. The female lays 3 to 4 white or pale blue eggs.

Range
south western United States from Oregon and Idaho southward to south east California, Arizona, New Mexico, west Texas, and south to central Mexico.

Classification
Class:Aves
Order:Passeriformes
Family:Emberizidae
Genus:Amphispiza
Species:bilineata
Common Name:Black-throated Sparrow