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White crowned Sparrow, Zonotrichia leucophrys
White crowned Sparrow, Zonotrichia leucophrys

White crowned Sparrow, Zonotrichia leucophrys

Diet of the White-crowned sparrow

The White-crowned sparrow eats mainly grass and forb seeds. They will also eat insects and spiders especially in the breading season as these provide more protein. They feed on or near the ground in open ares near cover.

Migration of the White-crowned sparrow

The White-crowned sparrow population in higher elevations and northern areas migrates to southern California and Mexico in the winter. Coastal inhabitants stay put.

Range of the White-crowned sparrow

The White-crowned sparrow is found throughout most of California in the winter, In the summer it is only found along the coast and in higher elevations.

Plant community/ habitat used by the White-crowned sparrow

The White-crowned sparrow likes moist brushy habitats.

Riparian

Coastal sage scrub

Northern coastal scrub

Meadow

Nesting habitat use by the White-crowned sparrow

The White-crowned sparrow usually nests near the ground in dense cover. In forest ares they will use a willow in a maintain meadow or a low conifer branch near the meadow. In coastal areas they use a shrub for nesting.

How to attract the White-crowned sparrow to your garden

The White-crowned sparrow likes Salix spp. as well as many of the plant species of the coastal sage scrub plant community. The White- crowned sparrow needs a moist habitat with cover.