BIRD OF THE WEEK / WEEK 15: April 9, 2018

© Liron Gertsman


White-crowned Sparrow

Species Name

Zonotrichia leucophrys


16-18 cm length | 21-24 cm wingspan | 25-28 gm weight

A medium sized sparrow with a short, conical bill, short wings and a longish, lightly notched tail.

Brown above and greyish-buff below, they have brown wings barred with some black and white, a black and white striped crown and a yellow or pinkish bill. The female has similar markings but has only shaded of brown instead of black and white. Common around gardens, shopping mall parking lots, and hedgerows.

Habitat / Behaviour

Omnivore | Woodland, scrubland | Partially Migratory | Lives 1-2 years, maximum 13 years.

Foraging on the ground or plucking from the air, they eat a variety of insects, seeds and plant materials.


Monogamous | Ground nest | 3-5 gray or greenish-blue eggs with speckles | 1-2 broods