White-throated Sparrow Zonotrichia albicollis   [JF Gmelin, 1789]

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Order: Passeriformes Family: Emberizidae
BTO Codes: , WHTSP EURING No: 18400
Number in Britain: 1 record/year
Conservation Status:
UK: Not Assessed
European: Not evaluated
Global: (Details)
Status in UK: (A)  Accidental
Subspecies: Monotypic
Length: 16 cm Wingspan: 24 cm Weight: M/F: 26 g    
Scientific name from: Gr.: zone=girdle + trikhos=hair and L.: albus=white + Mod. L. collus=neck
World Distribution: BREEDS n North America, WINTERS: south to Mexico
Habitat: Open woodland, bogs
Diet: In summer, insects and some fruit, in winter, mostly small seeds and fruit
TitBit: Occurs in two colour forms (white and tan crowned), males of both types prefer females with white stripes, but both females prefer tan-striped males, so birds usually mate with the opposite morph.  
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Records and Distribution

First Record: Western Isles, 1909 (Palmer. P 2000. First for Britain & Ireland, Arlequin Press. [502.74 PAL])
Total Number of Records (1950-2007): 27 Summary of Records by Year
Most Likely to Occur in: Too few records
Most Recent County Records:
   Scotland: Highland (1970), Outer Hebrides (1909), Orkney (1996), Shetland (2006),
   North-east England: Northumberland (2007), East Yorkshire (2004),
   North-west England: Cheshire (2003), Cumbria (1965),
   English Midlands:
   Eastern England: Lincolnshire (1992), Suffolk (1992),
   South-east England: Hampshire (2007), West Sussex (1968),
   South-west England:
   Wales: Caernarfonshire (1967),

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Other Names

Gaelic: Welsh: Llwyd Gyddfwyn
Danish: Hvidstrubet spurv Dutch: Witkeelgors
Finnish: Valkokurkkusirkku French: Bruant à gorge blanche
German: Weißkehlammer Hungarian: Fehértorkú sármánpinty
Icelandic: Hörputittlingur Irish: Gealbhan Píbgheal
Italian: Passero golabianca Norwegian: Hvitstrupespurv
Polish: Pasówka bialogardla Portuguese: Escrevedeira-de-garganta-branca
Spanish: Chingolo gorgiblanco Swedish: Vitstrupig sparv

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