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White-crowned sparrow        Images © Mark A. Chappell

White-crowned sparrows are widely distributed in North America and occur in several races.   They breed along the west coast, in high mountain meadows and thickets, and in Arctic regions.   The birds above and immediately below are the Sierra Nevada breeding race;\, were photographed in Mono County, California.   The male three rows down at left left-- in bright spring plumage -- was photographed in a willow thicket near Churchill, Manitoba.   At right is an immature bird, photographed near the Big Sur River Mouth in coastal central California; two other immatures (photographed in southeastern Arizona near Cave Creek Canyon, and near Palm Desert, California) are at the bottom of the page.   The male in the aspen shrib was photographed in Anchorage, Alaska; to his right is a sparrow wintering in Palo Alto, California.   Two rows down is a wintering bird photographed in California's Coachella Valley.   Two images show the dark-lored form (photographed in the California desert).   Closely related (and sometimes very similar) to the white-crowned sparrow is the more narrowly-distributed golden-crowned sparrow.

  • Canon EOS1v, 500 mm IS lens plus 1.4X converter, Elite Chrome Extra Color (2003)
  • Canon 10D, 1D Mk. II, 7D, 1D4, or 7D2; 500 mm IS lens plus 1.4X or 2X converter or 800 mm IS lens, fill-in flash (2003-2007, 2010, 2011, 2015, 2016, 2019)