Secret Life
of the White-Crowned Sparrow

Zonotrichia leucophrys
May 6, 2012

In 2007 I put up what would be a standard set of white-crowned sparrow photos; today, along with better images, I can present the secret life of this otherwise moderate- to larger-size sparrow.

It's worth noting that the white-crowned sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys) is quite elegant, a truly classy sparrow.

White-crowned sparrow
  Most birds enjoy bathing, and the white-crowned sparrow is no exception. Still, when you come right down to it, a wet bird is a wet bird.
A wet white-crowned sparrow
  But the secret part of the white-crowned's life is its love of rock-n-roll.
White-crowned sparrow as a punk rocker
  Man, talk about shaking those feathers!

Photo note: I used a Pentax K20D, with the Sigma 150-500mm lens, on 2 May 2012, for the these photos.

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