|An adult White-crowned Sparrow forages for seeds on the ground. Photo by J.J. Meyer|
Like most sparrows, they're ground feeders and prefer to stay close to the safety of trees and shrubs. White-crowned Sparrows will go to feeders for sunflower and other kinds of seeds – though they may be more likely to stay on the ground eating seeds dropped by other birds.
Listen for the birds' beautiful thin, sweet whistle. Male White-crowned Sparrows do most of the singing, but sometimes females also sing, though their songs are quieter and more variable than that of the males. They usually do this while contesting breeding territories or a winter food source.
Alaskan White-crowned Sparrows migrate about 2,600 miles to winter in Southern California. Welcome these visitors by tossing a handful of seeds or cracked corn on the ground and providing a source of fresh water.
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