Wednesday, April 22, 2015

White-throated Sparrow

Each spring I am impressed by the beauty of the White-throated Sparrow. Previously in this blog I explained that both male and female White-throated Sparrows appear in one of two morphs, one bright and the other dull. The morphs come out of the same nests, behave differently, and usually breed with opposite morphs.

In the same blog, I also joked about how different people interpret this sparrow’s plaintive song. White-throated Sparrows in the United States sing "Poor Sam Peabody, Peabody, Peabody" but, upon entering Canada, sing "Oh sweet Canada, Canada, Canada!" Minnesota White-throated Sparrows, on the other hand, sing, "Poor Sven, Pederson, Pederson, Pederson."

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