White-crowned Sparrow (adult)
Family: (Emberizidae) New World Sparrows
Preferred Habitat: Woodlands, roadside hedges
Seasonal Occurrence: Common November through April
Notes: Close relatives to White-throated Sparrows, White-crowned Sparrows are very common in rural areas around Houston, particularly on the Katy Prairie. They are not often found with the city limits. Adults are distinctive with their bight white and black striped crowns. Many of the birds seen on the Upper Texas Coast are immatures and not as easily recognized. Their crowns are striped in a muted coloring of tan and brown. Bill color for White-crowned Sparrows varies from yellow to coral and pink. There are several subspecies which are distinguished by bill color, song and other subtle plumage variations. A characteristic of the Zonotrichia sparrows is that they sing all year, even in winter.
- Susan Billetdeaux