Black-throated Sparrow (Amphispiza bilineata)

The Black-throated Sparrow is a small bird that belongs to the Passerina family. It is also known by its scientific name, Amphispiza bilineata. These birds are typically found in the southwestern regions of North America, including Arizona, New Mexico, and parts of California. They are known for their distinctive appearance and unique behavior.

The Black-throated Sparrow is a small bird, measuring about 4 to 5 inches in length. They have a dark gray or brownish-gray body with black stripes on their back. Their most distinctive feature is their jet-black throat, which is surrounded by a white collar. They also have a gray or light-brown head with a small beak and dark eyes.

The Black-throated Sparrow is a ground-nesting bird that prefers arid and semiarid habitats, including deserts, shrublands, and grasslands. They are often found in areas with sparse vegetation and sandy soils. These birds are opportunistic feeders and consume a wide variety of seeds, insects, and other small invertebrates.

During the breeding season, Black-throated Sparrows form monogamous pairs and build their nests on the ground amid low vegetation. Female birds lay up to three eggs, which are incubated for about two weeks. The young birds fledge after about 9 to 11 days and are dependent on their parents for food for several weeks.

Black-throated Sparrows are known for their unique vocalizations. They have a variety of calls, including a fast, trilled song that is often heard during spring and summer months. They may also make a sharp, "tik-tik-tik" sound when they feel threatened.

Despite their small size and unassuming appearance, the Black-throated Sparrow is a beloved bird among birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts. These birds are often described as charming and curious, and they provide important ecosystem services by helping to control insect populations and distribute plant seeds.

Other names

Amphispiza bilineata



Black-throated Sparrow

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Passero golanera


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