Black-throated Sparrows

The Black-throated Sparrow (Amphispiza bilineata) is is also known as the Desert Sparrow, as it is usually found in arid desert scrub.

Distribution / Range

This small sparrow is primarily found in the southwestern United States and Mexico.


The Black-throated Sparrow reaches a length of about 4.5-5.5 inches, and is pale gray above, with a distinctive black and white head pattern.

Diet / Feeding

It feeds primarily on insects and seeds, and travels in small groups, though larger groups may accumulate around sources of water in the desert.

Calls / Vocalizations

Its call is high and bell-like, and its song is a fairly simple, mechanical tinkling.

Black-throated Sparrow (Amphispiza bilineata) carrying nesting material
Black-throated Sparrow
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