The White-crowned Sparrow [Zonotrichia leucophrys] is one of the sleekest looking sparrows. Like many sparrow species, it is understudied and has a number of subspecies that may be true species. Because male White-crowned Sparrows learn the songs they grew up with and do not travel far from where they were raised, song dialects frequently form.
The White-crowned Sparrows with brown crowns (aka, 1st year birds), always seem to be a bit more bold than those with the sharp white and black crowns. Digiscoped with our sweet Swarovski 80 HD spotting scope and “old reliable” the Canon Rebel XTi.