The handsome Golden-crowned Sparrow, Zonotrichia atricapilla, is found in
into the Alberta Rocky Mountains and across much of the western United States.
The Golden-crowned Sparrow, as its common name suggests, has a very distinguishable yellow crown with black stripes. The size and colour of the crown helps determine the bird's status among other members of the flock.
The Golden-crowned Sparrow feeds by foraging on the ground for seeds, berries and some insects. In the summer it moves from low elevations to higher elevations in the summer. Some migrate to spend winters in milder coastal climates.
This is one of North America's largest sparrows with a length of 7.25 in/18 cm and a wingspan of 9.5 in/24 cm, making it a bit bigger than the common House Sparrow.