Golden-crowned Sparrow

Towhees, Sparrows, Juncos, and Longspurs

Golden-crowned Sparrow

Zonotrichia atricapilla

Winter

Towhees, Sparrows, Juncos, and Longspurs

Golden-crowned Sparrow

Daniel Fitzgerald

Golden-crowned Sparrow

Daniel Fitzgerald

Found in dense brushy areas, along woodland edge, in chaparral habitats, and in residential areas during the winter. 


Golden-yellow crown and dark upper bill dentify this sparrow in all plumages; golden-yellow crown is brightest in breeding plumage, duller in winter, and even duller in immature birds. Dark upper bill separates this sparrow from the White-crowned Sparrow.


Omnivorous. Eats insects, flowers, buds, and fruits. 

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