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    Rufous-crowned Sparrow Identification

    The Four Keys to ID

    • Size & Shape

      Rufous-crowned Sparrows are relatively large sparrows with rounded heads and fairly long tails. The thick, pointed bill is fairly large.

      Relative Size

      Larger and bulkier than a Chipping Sparrow; smaller than a White-crowned Sparrow.

      Relative Sizesparrow or smallersparrow-sized or smaller
      Measurements
      • Both Sexes
        • Length: 5.9-6.3 in (15-16 cm)
        • Weight: 0.6-0.7 oz (16-21 g)

    Regional Differences

    Rufous-crowned Sparrows along the Pacific coast tend to be smaller and more reddish above than individuals in the Desert Southwest, which are browner above. Individuals from offshore islands such as California’s Channel Islands tend to be darker overall than mainland birds.