2014 49¢ White-throated Sparrow
The white-throated sparrow is one of 10 different birds pictured on the Songbird stamps.
The song of the white-throated sparrow is often translated as, “Sweet Sweet Canada, Canada, Canada.” This is not surprising, as the vast majority of the species summers there.
The summer breeding habitat of the white-throated sparrow covers most of Canada, but extends only to the northern-most portions of the mid-western and northeastern United States. So it is known only as a “winter visitor” in much of the U.S., where flocks frequently dapple bushes and hedgerows from October to April. This sparrow is also drawn to well-stocked birdfeeders, and it is quite common to spot one in residential areas.
Many sparrows are small, drab, brown birds that are difficult to identify. Birders often refer to them collectively as “LBJs” or “little brown jobs.” This sparrow, however, can be easily distinguished by its black crown stripes, snowy-white throat patch, and yellow “eyebrows.”
Though classified as an American, or “New World” sparrow, the name “sparrow” is inaccurate. When settlers came to the New World, they assigned the name to birds that resembled the European, or “Old World” sparrows. Actually, this songbird is not even closely related to those European sparrows after which it was named.
Illustrator Robert Giusti painted the white-throated sparrow and other songbirds in this set perched on a branch or fence post. His artwork can be seen on other stamps including: Tufted Puffins (#4737), Birds of Prey (4608-12), and a Cardinal (2480).
49¢ White-throated Sparrow, issued to satisfy the first-class mail rate.
Issue Date: April 5, 2014
City: Dallas TX, at the Trinity River Audubon Center
Printed By: Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd.
Printing Method: Lithographed
Perforations: Serpentine Die Cut 10 ¾