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Rufous-crowned Sparrow Identification

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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

    • 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.