Size:  7”

Plumage/Description:  Adult male and female plumage similar, juvenile male and plumage similar.  Adult plumage is distinctive with broad black and white stripes running down the crown of the head.  In juvenile phase these stripes are brown and beige in color.  Head, face, throat, and breast are a soft gray color.  The back has black streaking on a brown background.  Wings are a rich rufous color with two subtle white wing bars.  Rump and tail are brown.

Habitat:  Oak/Chaparral, Pinyon/Juniper, Riparian/Deciduous, Residential

Time of year:  Fall, Winter, Spring

Relative Abundance:  Common

Behavior:  White-crowned Sparrows arrive in September and stay until about the first of May.  A very common backyard bird.  Often occurs in small flocks where it feeds down on the ground.  Prefers white-proso millet.

Diet:  Seeds, insects

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Best Sites:  Watson Woods, Acker Park, Pioneer Park, Heritage Park.