- Zonotrichia atricapilla
6-7" (15-18 cm)
Male's gold crown bordered by wide black cap. Dusky bill. Brown above, with unstreaked gray breast, cheek, and collar; 2 white wing bars. Fall immatures have 2 dark brown crown stripes with dusky yellowish central area and a trace of "moustache" stripe.
Similar to White-crowned Sparrow.
Alpine meadows and coniferous forest clearings; winters in coastal brushland and chaparral.
Nesting: 4 or 5 bluish, speckled eggs in a neat cup nest well hidden in a dense weed clump or bush.
There is little information, but they are known to eat seeds, fruit and insects.
Song: consists of 3 descending plaintive notes sounding like "oh, dear me".
Calls: are tseet and chink.
Migrates primarily along coastal slope and river valleys. During their first winter, individuals fix on a wintering area and return to it in subsequent years.
- Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
- BirdForum Member observations
- Rising, J. (2020). Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/61914 on 4 May 2020).
- Norment, C. J., P. Hendricks, and R. Santonocito (2020). Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla), version 1.0. In Birds of the World (A. F. Poole and F. B. Gill, Editors). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.gocspa.01
- Cornell Lab of Ornithology. 2019. All About Birds. Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York. https://www.allaboutbirds.org Accessed on 4 May 2020
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2023) Golden-crowned Sparrow. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 30 November 2023 from https://www.birdforum.net/opus/Golden-crowned_Sparrow
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