Golden-crowned Sparrow

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 10 July 2014
Scientific Name
Zonotrichia atricapilla
  • Passeriformes
  • Emberizidae
  • Zonotrichia
  • Z. atricapilla
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 4 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
5.9 to 7.1 inches
1.1 to 1.2 ounces

International Names

Chinese (汉语) 金冠带鹀
Czech (Cesky) strnadec zlatotemenný
Danish (Dansk) Gulisset Værling
Dutch (Nederlands) Goudkruingors
Finnish (Suomi) kultakruunusirkku
French (Français) Bruant à couronne dorée
German (Deutsch) Kronenammer
Italian (Italiano) Passero corona dorata
Japanese (日本語) キガシラシトド [kigashirashitodo]
Norwegian (Norsk) Gulkronespurv
Polish (Polski) pasówka zlotolbista
Russian (русский язык) Чернобровая овсянка
Spanish (Español) Chingolo Coronidorado
Swedish (Svenska) Gulkronad sparv
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