rufous crown, white eye-ring, gray underparts (California, USA; 2008-03-22)

Rufous-crowned Sparrow
Aimophila ruficeps

Native Range: North America and Middle America

Notes: inhabits brushy and grassy hillsides, almost always with a slope of about 50 degrees and with open patches of bare dirt; generally quite secretive.

gray eyestripe becomes whiter near front (California, USA; 2007-09-23)