White-crowned Sparrow

COMMON NAME: White-crowned Sparrow
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Zonotrichia leucophrys
FAMILY: Emberizidae

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This first photo is a White-crowned Sparrow sitting on a chain-link fence that surrounds my house. It was taken through a window to prevent it from being scared off. The black and white markings on the head are the most distinguishing feature of the adult male of this species. (17 Mar 2012)

A back view of the head and its markings. (17 Mar 2012)

An adorable little juvenile. It has the same head markings, only less developed. (17 Mar 2012)

Adult feeding from the ground. Notice the rusty-brown colored legs and dark gray feet. The White-crowned Sparrow can have a beak that’s either pink or yellow. (2 Dec 2012)

Juvenile feeding from the ground. (2 Dec 2012)

Sitting on a branch, allowing a view of its head and the top of its beak. The beak looks like a shiny pink with a gray tip. (12 Dec 2012)

A side view. Notice the body is a bit puffier than the photos on the ground. I think the weather is colder on this day. (12 Dec 2012)

Ok, now we’re getting mooned, but at least we can see what the back end looks like. (12 Dec 2012)

A side-rear view. This photo probably gives the best idea of the colorfulness of the bird – black and white head, gray neck, rusty and white upper back, various shades of brown wing feathers with white bars, yellowish back and flanks, rusty and dark brown tail feathers. Very pretty. (12 Dec 2012)

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