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

    Presidio of San Francisco

    California

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?

Ferdinand Foch, Marshal of France

French Marshal Ferdinand Foch, supreme commander of the allied forces during World War I, visited Crissy Field in 1921 and declared it "The last word in airfields."