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White Crowned Sparrow - Zonotrichia leucophrys

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Size: 6-7"

Streaked on top, gray on the bottom. Bold black and white stripes on crown. Pink bill.

Voice: series of whistles followed by a buzz

Range: Breeds from Alaska and Manitoba east to Newfoundland and Labrador. Also south into southern California and New Mexico.Winters in the southern half of the United States and north along the west coast to Alaska.

After seeing mostly House sparrows it's really refreshing to see as handsome a sparrow as the White - crowned. Believe me they stand out in a crowd of sparrows. They normally travel with the White - throated Sparrow during migration but we've only seen these birds separately. They are not common in the Eastern USA.

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