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White-crowned Sparrow
Zonotrichia leucophrys

Sparrows, Grosbeaks and Buntings
Sparrows, Finches & Grosbeaks (Emberizidae)

Size: Length: 14-18 cm

Description: This common sparrow can be found in moist willow thickets, spruce-fir forests, avalanche slopes, fire sites and other wet locales from the montane to the alpine. It has its namesake white crown, bordered on each side by a stripe of black, which in turn borders a white eyebrow line. There is also a black eye-streak. The throat, neck and breast are gray. The back and shoulders are gray streaked with black. The wings have two white bands. The lack of a bright white throat patch, and yellow patch in front of the eye, distinguishes the white-crowned from the similar white-throated sparrow. They nest, like so many sparrows, on the ground or near to it. The call begins with one tone followed by a rapid series of tones resembling: "I gotta go wee wee now". Although most leave the province in late October, there are overwintering records in Banff National Park.

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