Nature Notes

November 2, 2010

Rufous-collared Sparrow, Zonotrichia capensis

Filed under: Argentina,Birds,Ecuador,Mexico,Panama,Venezuela — Tags: — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am
Rufous-collared Sparrow, Zonotrichia capensis

Rufous-collared Sparrow, Zonotrichia capensis

The Rufous-collared Sparrow, Zonotrichia capensis, is one of the most common members of the Bunting Family, found in a wide range of habitats from southern Mexico to Tierra del Fuego. It is often found near humans and is easily seen, especially given the males habit of singing from a prominent perch.

While in Panama, I found a leucistic male singing on a fence post. You can see an image of it below.

Rufous-collared Sparrow, Zonotrichia capensis Rufous-collared Sparrow, Zonotrichia capensis
Rufous-collared Sparrow, Zonotrichia capensis Rufous-collared Sparrow, Zonotrichia capensis
Rufous-collared Sparrow, Zonotrichia capensis Rufous-collared Sparrow, Zonotrichia capensis

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3 Comments »

  1. That’s a beautiful bird Harold, and yes, based on your pictures it looks like he like to perch himself high to sing… These shots are gorgeous!

    Comment by Chris — November 2, 2010 @ 8:08 am

  2. Harold, beautiful shots everyone of them! Sparrows really come in an amazing variety.

    Comment by Hilke Breder — November 4, 2010 @ 5:48 am

  3. Thanks Hilke

    I’m a big fan of sparrows, an interesting group

    Comment by Harold — November 8, 2010 @ 11:26 pm

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