• East view from Crissy Field overlook with old Coast Guard station on left and city on right

    Presidio of San Francisco

    California

Golden-crowned Sparrow

(Zonotrichia atricapilla)
 
Golden-crowned Sparrow
A Golden-crowned Sparrow sits in blackberry bushes in Tennessee Hollow.
Will Elder, NPS
 

Natural History: The Golden-crowned Sparrow eats plant foods, foraging on the ground. It seeks cover in shrubs and nests on the ground adjacent to its cover. This species breeds in Canada during the summer and forms mixed flocks.

General Distribution: In the Presidio, this species can be found in annual grasslands, coastal and dune scrub areas, all forested areas, on lawns, and amongst ornamentals.

Frequency: This species is common in the spring and fall and abundant during the winter.

Identifying Characteristics: The Golden-crowned Sparrow can be identified by its golden crown patch bordered by dark brown to black streaks and a plain gray to buff breast.

Presidio Birds main page

Did You Know?

Franciscan monk

In 1776, Father Pedro Font wrote, "The port of San Francisco...is a marvel of nature, and might well be called a harbor of harbors...And I think if it could be well settled like Europe there would not be anything more beautiful in all the world."