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White-crowned Sparrow

Zonotrichia leucophrys

White-crowned Sparrow
copyright Oliver Niehuis
Length: 7 in. (18 cm)
During the winter, this handsome and large sparrow commonly moves through open scrub lands, weedy agricultural fields and suburban areas in large flocks, often together with four or five other species of sparrows. Here they eat grass seeds and occasionally fruits. During the summer, pairs of these sparrows can be found in open habitats ranging from coastal shrubs to alpine and tundra meadows. Here they feed on insects grass shoots and moss capsules. The four-digit banding code is WCSP.
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Female
copyright Oliver Niehuis

Chaparral
Chaparral

Desert
Desert

Riparian / River forest
Riparian / River forest

Shrubs
Shrubs

Urban city
Urban city

Agricultural
Agricultural

Savanna
Savanna

Mesquite bosque
Mesquite bosque

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