Rufous-crowned Sparrow (Aimophila ruficeps)

The Rufous-crowned Sparrow, scientific name Aimophila ruficeps, is a small bird species found in North America. It is part of the sparrow family, Passerellidae. They are primarily found in the southwestern United States and Mexico. The Rufous-crowned Sparrow was first discovered by John Kirk Townsend, a naturalist, and collector in the 1830s.

This bird species is around 5-6 inches in length, with a wingspan of about 8-9 inches, and weighs less than an ounce. The Rufous-crowned Sparrow has a distinct appearance, with a rust-colored crown and gray-brown colored body. They have a long, narrow tail, which they often flick while perched.

Rufous-crowned Sparrows are primarily found in arid environments such as deserts, rocky hillsides, and scrublands. They feed on seeds, insects, and fruits. They search for their food on the ground by using a scratching or hopping technique. While foraging, they are often seen flicking their tails up and down, possibly to flush out hidden prey.

This bird species is a resident in its range, which means they do not migrate. They have a melodious song that they use to communicate with other members of their species. Rufous-crowned Sparrows are territorial birds and are highly vocal when it comes to defending their territory. They use a variety of vocalizations, including calls and songs, to communicate.

During the breeding season, Rufous-crowned Sparrows form monogamous pairs. They build nests on the ground or low in shrubs. The female lays 2-4 eggs, which take around 11-13 days to hatch. Both parents are involved in incubating and caring for the young birds.

The Rufous-crowned Sparrow is not considered threatened or endangered. However, their habitat is under threat due to human activity, and the species' population is declining in some areas. Conservation efforts, including habitat protection and re-vegetation programs, can help protect this charming bird and ensure its continued survival.

Other names

Aimophila ruficeps



Rufous-crowned Sparrow

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rusokapi strnadar

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Rustkronet Spurv



Tohi à calotte fauve


Passero caporossiccio


rausvavainikė aimofila


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Рыжешапочная аимофила

Riđokapi pipilo

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Chingolo coronirrufo

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Pas Alınlı Serçe

пінсон рудоголовий

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