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There are a variety of sub-species in the White-crowned Sparrow family seen in North America. Of these, there are three recognizable sub-species to name a few. These being the White-crowned Sparrow (taiga), the most common among the group. Seen mostly in its spring and fall migrations, on its journey into and from the northern areas of North America. The White-crowned Sparrow (Gambel's) is found in the far northwestern parts of the continent and seen again, by most, only during its spring and fall migrations. The White-crowned Sparrow (yellow-billed) migrates the least and is seen along the western coast, from southern British Columbia to the southern regions of California.
The White-crowned Sparrow is one of the largest members of the sparrow group. It is a ground feeder, preferring stunted growths to nest in. It is one of the few sparrows types that do show up at ground feeders to stock up on seeds for their travels. The juveniles of this bird species do not display the bold white stripes seen by their parents but have a dull brownish orange stripe instead.