whitecrowned sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys)
CONFIRMATION STATUS: Confirmed.
Length: 5.75 inches
Pink, conical bill (yellow in some populations)
Black and white head stripes
Gray face and underparts
Tan back with dark streaks
Brown wings with wing bars
Immature plumage (fall and winter) similar to adult but has brown and gray head stripes
Juvenile plumage (summer) similar to immature but dullerwith streak- ed breast
Adults are only likely to be confused with the white-throated sparrow.
White-throated sparrow has white throat contrasting with the gray
breast, yellow lores and a dark bill. Immature golden-crowned
sparrow lacks head stripes and is darker.
Migration Status: Short distance migrant
Breeding Habitat: Successional-scrub
Nest Location: Ground-low nesting
Nest Type: Open-cup
Clutch Size: 2-5
Length of Incubation: 12(11-14) days
Days to Fledge: 7-12
Number of Broods: 2-3, occasionally 4, 1 in far north
Diet: Primarily seeds; lesser quantities of insects
SKY MEADOWS DISTRIBUTION/SEASONAL OCCURRENCE
Relative abundance and seasonal occurrence are indicated in red below.
C - Common: Likely to be present in good numbers in appropriate habitat and season.
U - Uncommon: May be present in appropriate habitat and season, often in low
O - Occassional: Found in appropriate habitat perhaps only a few times per season,
sometimes low numbers.
R - Rare: May not be recorded every year.
Acc - Accidental: Recorded once or twice, may not be expected again for a long time.
Sp - Spring: March, April, May R
Su - Summer: June, July, August
Fall: September, October, November U
Winter: December, January, February R
Crooked Run Valley