Black-throated sparrows inhabit desert and submontane ecological associations. These nongame birds arrive in mid April and remain until mid September. Their population trend is unknown. Nesting occurs from April-August. Nests are flimsy cups built in shrubs or cacti. The female is not easily flushed from the nest. The incubation period averages 21 days. Young remain in the nest an additional 21 days. Black-throated sparrows forage for insects.