White-crowned Sparrow

White-crowned Sparrow Video Clips

White-crowned Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow

Because White-crowned Sparrows nest in our area, they sing nearly all day long during spring and summer.

White-crowned Sparrow Sound Clip

To listen to a sound file and view a waveform and spectrogram image click here.

Who Teaches White-crowned Sparrows Their Song?

One would think that the father is the teacher of the song. However, research provides a completely different story. Instead of listening to father during the first few months of life, they pick up sounds they grow up with from the local neighborhood. Because they don't travel far from where they were raised, males living on the edge of two dialects can often sing both or become bilingual. If you are interested in learning more about birds and their songs, check out the highly recommended The Singing Life of Birds by Donald Kroodsma.

White-crowned Sparrows Eat Carpenter Ants

Some other interesting behavior is watching White-crowned Sparrows eating carpenter ants. They click the carpenter ants in half with their beaks before eating them and they often leave the head of the ant behind.