San Francisco Department of the Environment

Nuttall's White Crowned Sparrow

The song dialects of this resident songbird are so specialized that songs vary noticeably from one park to another. Once a common breeder in landscaped neighborhoods throughout much of San Francisco, its special song is now rarely heard in the city's neighborhoods. The non-migratory 'nutallii' subspecies of White-crowned Sparrow, which occurs only near the coast, is increasingly restricted to parkland areas with restored coastal scrub.


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