White-throated Sparrow

Zonotrichia albicollis

General Status Rank: 
Secure
ELCODE: 
ABPBXA4020
Common Name: 
White-throated Sparrow
Scientific Name: 
Zonotrichia albicollis
Taxonomy
Group: 
Bird
Kingdom: 
Animalia
Phylum: 
Chordata
Class: 
Aves
Order: 
Passeriformes
Family: 
Passeridae
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General Biology
Canada Known Subspecies Count: 
0

Female Age at Maturity

1 year
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Longevity

7-9 years; all age classes show constant mortality (Type II survivorship curves)
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Reproduction Frequency Per Year: 
0

Economic/Human Considerations

Non-game species
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Habitat
edges of woodlands
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Distribution

Ecozones

Taiga Plains, Taiga Shield, Boreal Cordillera, Boreal Plains
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Distribution

73/164(45%) (B004); about 30% (LWB02); Range extent visually estimated from range map (Canadian Wildlife Service – Prairie & Northern Region 2009. Bird distributions in Nunavut & the Northwest Territories: 2009 Review.)
Score: 
G
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Winter Distribution Description: 
southern Canada, coastal western and south central and eastern USA

Number of Occurrences

More than 100
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Historical Distribution

Likely similar to current dist.
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Area of Occupancy

stable? Need data to confirm for NWT
Score: 
-
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Population

Population Size

PIF population size estimate for NWT & NU = 14,000,000 however species primarily occurs in NWT (>95%) (D16 Accessed on <January 25, 2015>.)
Score: 
H
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Density

On average 1 bird/0.99 ha (territories range from 0.26 to 3.26 ha)
Threats

Threats

none known
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Intrinsic Vulnerability

Limited effects of climate change likely in next 10 yrs
Score: 
-
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General Status Rank
Rank: 
Secure
Status Rank Description: 
Numbers unknown, Species is widespread and abundant, recent trend data suggests the population is stable (Machtans et al. 2014) therefore, species ranked as secure.
S Rank: 
S5
Decision Process Description: 
Drafted by Leslie Wakelyn and S. Carriere mostly based on printed material in 2000; Reviewed in 2005 by Craig Machtans and L. Armer - no change in status.; Reviewed in 2010;no change; Reviewed by Emily Upham-Mills CWS in 2015, modified from sensitive to secure based on northern trends (one study area) - increased information.Reviewed in 2020 by Amélie Roberto-Charron, no change
Last Updated: 
September 17, 2020

References

Age Of Maturity

  • Falls, J.B., Kopachena, J.G. (1994) White-throated Sparrow in Birds of North America. No.128 The Academy of Natural Sciences and The American Ornithologists' Union Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. - LA17 Return

Area of Occupancy

  • Downes, C.M., E.H. Dunn and C.M Francis (2000) Canadian Landbird Monitoring Strategy: monitoring needs and priorities into the new millenium.. Partners in Flight - Canada A 9-15 EC-CWS, Yellowknife (L. Wakelyn) - or communicate with Erica H. Dunn, CWS in Hull, QC, at erica.dunn@ec,gc,ca - LWR01 Return
  • Machtans, C. S., K. J. Kardynal, and P. A. Smith. 2014. (2014) Avian Conservation and Ecology 9(1):5. http://dx.doi.org/105751/ACE-00649-090105 - A381 Return

Economic Status

  • Wakelyn, Leslie (2000) Pers. communication. Wildlife biologist, CWS, Yellowknife - H129 Return

Ecozones

  • Godfrey WE (1986) The Birds of Canada. National Museums of Canada Revised Edition RWED Library Call #QL685.G6 - B004 Return
  • National Geographic Society (1999) Field Guide to the Birds of North America.. National Geographic Society Third Edition EC-CWS, Yellowknife - LWB02 Return

Habitat

  • Godfrey WE (1986) The Birds of Canada. National Museums of Canada Revised Edition RWED Library Call #QL685.G6 - B004 Return
  • Wakelyn, Leslie (2000) Pers. communication. Wildlife biologist, CWS, Yellowknife - H129 Return

Historical Distribution

  • Wakelyn, Leslie (2000) Pers. communication. Wildlife biologist, CWS, Yellowknife - H129 Return

Intrinsic Vulnerability

  • Wakelyn, Leslie (2000) Pers. communication. Wildlife biologist, CWS, Yellowknife - H129 Return
  • Falls, J.B., Kopachena, J.G. (1994) White-throated Sparrow in Birds of North America. No.128 The Academy of Natural Sciences and The American Ornithologists' Union Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. - LA17 Return

Longevity

  • Falls, J.B., Kopachena, J.G. (1994) White-throated Sparrow in Birds of North America. No.128 The Academy of Natural Sciences and The American Ornithologists' Union Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. - LA17 Return

Number of Occurrences

  • Carrière, S. (2000) Pers. communication. Ecosystem Management Biologist; RWED - H126 Return

Population Size

Partners in Flight Science Committee 2013. Population Estimates Database, version 2013. Available at http://rmbo.org/pifpopestimates. Accessed on <January 25, 2015>. (2013) http://rmbo.org/pifpopestimates - DD16 Return

Range Extent

  • Godfrey WE (1986) The Birds of Canada. National Museums of Canada Revised Edition RWED Library Call #QL685.G6 - B004 Return
  • National Geographic Society (1999) Field Guide to the Birds of North America.. National Geographic Society Third Edition EC-CWS, Yellowknife - LWB02 Return

Taxonomy

  • Godfrey WE (1986) The Birds of Canada. National Museums of Canada Revised Edition RWED Library Call #QL685.G6 - B004 Return

Threats

  • Wakelyn, Leslie (2000) Pers. communication. Wildlife biologist, CWS, Yellowknife - H129 Return
  • Falls, J.B., Kopachena, J.G. (1994) White-throated Sparrow in Birds of North America. No.128 The Academy of Natural Sciences and The American Ornithologists' Union Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. - LA17 Return