The White-crowned Sparrow is a common breeding bird from the Pacific Coast in the Lower 48to the northern extent of its range in Arctic Alaska (Chilton et al. 1995). The Gambel’ssubspecies, the breeder in Alaska, is most commonly associated with shrubby riparian habitatsthat run through both boreal and tundra environs. White-crowned Sparrows consume a widevariety of plant and animal prey and during the breeding season feed their young a strict diet ofinsect and other animal prey. Alaskan birds are short-distance migrants and winter in temperateNorth America (Chilton et al. 1995). Overall White-crowned Sparrow populations appear to bestable (Chilton et al. 1995).
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