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Golden-crowned Sparrow

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Golden-crowned Kinglet

About the Golden-crowned Sparrow

The Golden-crowned Sparrow is a large species of American sparrow found across much of the Pacific coast from Baja California to Alaska. Golden-crowned Sparrows are migratory; they spend more time on their wintering grounds than many other migratory species.

Golden-crowned Sparrows are chunky birds, identified by their black heads crowned by a yellow streak during breeding season. Their breasts are unstreaked and they have two white wing-bars.

This species is under-studied and little is known about their breeding habits. Their population trend is increasing and their conservation status is Least Concern as of July 2014.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 10 July 2014
Scientific Name Zonotrichia atricapilla
  • Passeriformes
  • Emberizidae
  • Zonotrichia
  • Z. atricapilla
Birdorable Family Sparrows
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 25 July 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
5.9 to 7.1 inches
1.1 to 1.2 ounces

International Names

  • 金冠带鹀 (Chinese)
  • strnadec zlatotemenný (Czech)
  • Gulisset Værling (Danish)
  • Goudkruingors (Dutch)
  • kultakruunusirkku (Finnish)
  • Bruant à couronne dorée (French)
  • Kronenammer (German)
  • Passero corona dorata (Italian)
  • キガシラシトド [kigashirashitodo] (Japanese)
  • Gulkronespurv (Norwegian)
  • pasówka zlotolbista (Polish)
  • Чернобровая овсянка (Russian)
  • Chingolo Coronidorado (Spanish)
  • Gulkronad sparv (Swedish)