Can someone help me identify this sparrow?

My first guess is song sparrow, but white-throated sparrows are very common here and I wonder if it is a juvenile or female. Anyone?




Also, I saw a kinglet-sized bird yesterday that appeared to have very bold black and white stripes on its head. I could find nothing that looked like it. It’s possible it was a sparrow, too, but it was very small. Any ideas?

4 thoughts on “Can someone help me identify this sparrow?

  1. Thanks, Ryan. After I posted this, I could see the yellow spot on the bottom photograph. Any thoughts on the kinglet-sized bird with the black and white head?

  2. Hmm. And it wasn’t a Golden-crowned Kinglet? Perhaps a Red-breasted Nuthatch? An adult White-crowned Sparrow would dwarf a kinglet. Other (wintering Missouri) species with black and white head patterns: White-throated Sparrow, Black-capped/Carolina Chickadee, White-breasted Nuthatch…probably one or two more I’m not thinking of off the top of my head.

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