The State of White-throated Sparrows
White-throated Sparrow numbers throughout the region have been stable since 2000.
Data collected by the Breeding Bird Survey indicate a steady decline in the number of White-throated Sparrows.
Opportunities for Conservation
The causes of the long-term decline in White-throated Sparrow numbers is unclear. It may reflect decreases in the amount of early-successional habitat available as a result of changing land use and changing forest-management practices. White-throated Sparrows are also highly vulnerable to collisions with buildings during migration, appearing as one of the most frequently killed species in many eastern cities.
What We Can Do to Help
Creating bird-safe buildings by turning out unnecessary lights during migration and using bird-friendly window coverings may help reduce mortality from collisions. As a frequent winter visitor to backyard bird feeders, White-throated Sparrows are also vulnerable to predation by cats, and therefore keeping domestic cats indoors may help reduce winter mortality.