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Golden-crowned Sparrow
Zonotrichia atricapilla

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

Size: Length: 15-18 cm

Description: Another common local sparrow, the golden-crowned sparrow has a black crown, topped with a narrow strip of yellow becoming gray towards the nape. The cheek, throat and breast are gray. The flanks are brownish. The back and shoulder are brown, heavily streaked with black. There are two white wing bands and the rump is olive-brown. This sparrow prefers the high country, often singing amongst the twisted krummholz and dwarf plants around treeline. They are not recorded in the foothills, or further east. They are most prevalent in Jasper and the northern sections of Banff National Park, along with areas further to the west into British Columbia. They nest on the ground, or in a low shrub. The call is a unique collection of three dropping notes in the form of "Oh dear me" or "Doh re mi".

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