The White-crowned Sparrow, Zonotrichia leucophrys, is a recognizable sparrow, with its characteristic
black and white striped head and melodious song. It loves to perch on a tree and sing away merrily.
The White-crowned Sparrow can be found all over North America and in all types of habitats from high mountain areas, to drylands and lakes. Migrants move from the northern parts of the continent to the milder west coast or southern areas.
The White-crowned Sparrow is primarily a forager, scratching and searching the ground in search of seeds and insects. However, it will also eat berries or buds and visit feeding stations.
Both sexes have similar markings, but juvenile White-crowned Sparrow lacks the splendid characteristic crown which will appear after the first year. Full grown, it will be about 7 in/18 cm long, which is similar to the common House Sparrow.