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Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla)
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Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla)

General Description:Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla) are large sparrows that resemble our familiar winter visitor the White-crowned Sparrow. However, Golden-crowns have black and golden-yellow on the crown rather than just black and white. The back is brown streaked with dark brown, and the sides and breast are gray with a bit of brown. The bill is dark above and light below.

Taxonomy: Passeriformes, Emberizidae.

Favored Habitat: Shrubby places in the woods.

Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla)

Where to Find: Don't look for Golden-crowned Sparrows around Las Vegas; rather, look for this species along the Pacific coast during winter. However, do keep an eye out for them because they sometimes show up.

Comments: This species breeds in Alaska and Canada, and winters in western Washington, Oregon, and northern California, then along the coast south to Baja California.

Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla) If you were a tasty bug or a little seed, this might be the last face you ever see!
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla)
Male Golden-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla)
Female Golden-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla)
Male Golden-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla)
Young male Golden-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Female Golden-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla)
Young male Golden-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla)
Female Golden-crowned Sparrow. The yellow is supposed to stay on the top of the head, but sometimes it strays down above the eyes
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Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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