Monday, March 16, 2009

White-Crowned Sparrow

The white-crowned sparrow is much like the "typical" sparrow, but is easily distinguished by his black-and-white striped cap. It might bring to mind thoughts of a bicycle helmet. His crown will not go unnoticed, even when he's flitting around in heavy brush. He eats seeds and insects that he scratches from the ground, berries, buds, mosscaps, and will also eat from feeders. The White-Crowned Sparrow does not nest in Texas, but does winter over here.

The White-Throated Sparrow is similar in that he also has the stripes on his crown, but has a clearly visible white throat.

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