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 26 November 2018)
  • 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 金冠带鹀
Czech strnadec zlatotemenný
Danish Gulisset Værling
Dutch Goudkruingors
Finnish kultakruunusirkku
French Bruant à couronne dorée
German Kronenammer
Italian Passero corona dorata
Japanese キガシラシトド [kigashirashitodo]
Norwegian Gulkronespurv
Polish pasówka zlotolbista
Russian Чернобровая овсянка
Spanish Chingolo Coronidorado
Swedish Gulkronad sparv
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