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Rufous-crowned Sparrow

Aimophila ruficeps

Rufous-crowned Sparrow
copyright Oliver Niehuis
Length: 6 in. (15 cm)
A resident of arid, rocky slopes with scattered shrubs and small trees, this sparrow remains with its mate or solitary all year round. The grass-lined nest is found on the ground and rarely in a low bush. Food is mainly seeds, young grass shoots and in the summer some insects. The four-digit banding code is RCSP.
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Chaparral
Chaparral

Shrubs
Shrubs

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