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.