Rufous-crowned Sparrow (Aimophila ruficeps)

Rufous-crowned Sparrow
Rufous-crowned Sparrow - Riverside, CA
© Tom Benson
Rufous-crowned Sparrow
Rufous-crowned Sparrow - CSU San Bernardino
© Tom Benson

The Rufous-crowned Sparrow is a common year-round, breeding resident on campus within the CSUSB Preserve. It is easiest to locate in spring when the males are singing. It is an uncommon, year-round breeding resident in coastal sage scrub habitats in southern California.

High Count: 20, Average Count: 2-6

Rufous-crowned Sparrows are mostly gray, with a white eye ring, rufous crown, post-ocular stripe, and streaking on the back, and brownish wings and tail.


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