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Golden-crowned Sparrow

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Adult breeding plumage Photo by janruss. Edmonds, Washington, May 2006
Adult breeding plumage
Photo by janruss.
Edmonds, Washington, May 2006
Zonotrichia atricapilla

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[edit] Identification

Non-breeding plumagePhoto by digishooterWofford Heights, Kern County, California, USA, November 2009
Non-breeding plumage
Photo by digishooter
Wofford Heights, Kern County, California, USA, November 2009

6-7" (15-18 cm)
Male's gold crown bordered by wide black cap. Dusky bill. Brown above, with unstreaked gray breast, cheek, and collar; 2 white wing bars.

Fall immatures have 2 dark brown crown stripes with dusky yellowish central area and a trace of "moustache" stripe.

[edit] Similar Species

Similar to White-crowned Sparrow.

[edit] Distribution

Breeds from western Alaska south through Yukon Territory to northwestern Washington. Winters from Kodiak Island and coastal Alaska south to Baja California.

Accidental vagrant to Japan.

[edit] Taxonomy

ImmaturePhoto by ducbuclnKelseyville, California, October 2013
Immature
Photo by ducbucln
Kelseyville, California, October 2013

This is a monotypic species[1].

[edit] Habitat

Alpine meadows and coniferous forest clearings; winters in coastal brushland and chaparral.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Breeding

Nesting: 4 or 5 bluish, speckled eggs in a neat cup nest well hidden in a dense weed clump or bush.

[edit] Diet

There is little information, but they are known to eat seeds, fruit and insects.

[edit] Vocalisation

Photo © by marcsantacurzLong Marine Lab, Santa Cruz, California, October 2018
Photo © by marcsantacurz
Long Marine Lab, Santa Cruz, California, October 2018

Song: consists of 3 descending plaintive notes sounding like "oh, dear me".
Calls: are tseet and chink.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. BF Member observations
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved May 2014)

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