White-Crowned Sparrow in Winter

white crowned sparrow
White-crowned sparrow. Image by stephmcblack from Pixabay

Appearance: The white-crowned sparrow is a small bird about 7″ long. Mostly brown with a gray throat & chest, black & white striped crown, and a small thin pink bill. The female is the same.

Winter diet: Seeds and berries.

Winter feeder food: Black-oil sunflower seeds, hulled sunflower, cracked corn, millet, and milo.

Winter habitat: White-crowned sparrows migrate for the winter. While some head as far south as Mexico and the Caribbean, many are found in the northern regions of the US as far north as British Columbia in the west, Wisconsin in the midwest, and Pennsylvania in the east. Some remain in their year-round range along the pacific coast. They prefer open areas with shrubby thickets, open meadows, and forest edges.

White-crowned sparrow range map.
White-crowned sparrow range map. Compliments of The Cornell Lab.