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6-7" (15-18 cm)
Fall immatures have 2 dark brown crown stripes with dusky yellowish central area and a trace of "moustache" stripe.
 Similar Species
Similar to White-crowned Sparrow.
Accidental vagrant to Japan.
Alpine meadows and coniferous forest clearings; winters in coastal brushland and chaparral.
Nesting: 4 or 5 bluish, speckled eggs in a neat cup nest well hidden in a dense weed clump or bush.
There is little information, but they are known to eat seeds, fruit and insects.
Song: consists of 3 descending plaintive notes sounding like "oh, dear me".
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