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

    Presidio of San Francisco


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White-crowned Sparrow

(Zonotrichia leucophrys)
White-crowned Sparrow
A male White-crowned Sparrow sings on a flowering current at Mountain Lake.
Will Elder, NPS

Natural History: The White-crowned Sparrow eats seeds as well as insects and plant parts. It forages on open ground adjacent to scrub cover. It nests above in shrubs above ground. It breeds from March to August. This species of bird is monogamous.

General Distribution: In the Presidio, this species can be found in areas of annual grassland, coastal and dune scrub, all forested areas, lawns, and among ornamentals. It breeds within the Presidio.

Frequency: This species is abundant throughout the year.

Identifying Characteristics: This bird has a striped black or brown and white crown and a gray throat.

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Did You Know?

The 6th Army Band during Alpert's service.

Herb Alpert, Grammy Award-winning bandleader of the Tijuana Brass, played in the 6th Army Band at the Presidio during the 1950's. Alpert later claimed the structure and discipline of the Army helped him with his music.