White-crowned Sparrow

(Zonotrichia leucophrys)

               
Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

White-crowned Sparrow

NatureServe

N5B, N5N - Secure Breeding and Nonbreeding

SNA - Not applicable

Minnesota

not listed

Occurrence

Uncommon to locally common migrant

Habitat

Forest edges and clearings, shrubby meadows, bogs, and thickets

Size

5½ to 7 in length

9½ wingspan

     
 

 

  Photo by Bill Reynolds

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Migration

Late April to early June and early September to late November


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Taxonomy
New World sparrows were traditionally combined with buntings into the family Emberizidae. Recent phylogenetic analysis (Barker et al. 2013) and mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) analysis (Klicka et al. 2014) found that the Old World buntings should be separated as a sister to New World sparrows. New World sparrows have been separated into a new family, Passerellidae.


Taxonomy

Order:

Passeriformes (perching birds)

 

Family:

Passerellidae (New World sparrows)

 
Subordinate Taxa

Eastern White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys leucophrys)

Gambel’s White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys gambelii)

Mountain White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys oriantha)

Nuttall’s White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys nuttalli)

Puget Sound White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys pugetensis)


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       

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Uploaded on Dec 15, 2011

Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White-crowned_Sparrow

Encyclopedia of Life (EOL): http://eol.org/pages/1052728/overview

 
     
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Published on May 15, 2012

Here in Maine we only see white-crowned sparrows during spring and fall migration. I always have a few stop to feed during their lengthy migration. They're especially fond of the seeds of dandy lions growing in the lawn. © 2012 Garth McElroy. www.wildbirdvideos.com

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White-crowned Sparrows in and around the Portland Oregon area.

 
     
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Published on Mar 18, 2011

White-crowned Sparrows are common in western Oregon. Adults have black and white head stripes. Fledglings are brown and streaky, and soon thereafter, immature birds look similar to adults but have tan and brown head stripes. They have sweet songs that vary between individuals and from place to place.

 
     
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It's always great to hear white-crowned sparrows sing on their way north!

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Verna
4/30/2017

Location: Plymouth, Minnesota

First time spotting this one at our feeder!


LoriMinnesota
4/26/2017

Location: Arlington, Minnesota (Sibley County)

First time I ever saw one in Minnesota.


Helen
4/26/2016

Location: St. Paul


Deb
4/25/2016

Location: SE Rochester, MN


Bill Reynolds
5/15/2011

Location: Pennington County

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