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Rufous-Collared Sparrow

Zonotrichia capensis


This is a common sparrow that I saw throughout Patagonia in Chile and Argentina.


Laguna Nimez Reserve, El Calafate, Argentina.


The Rufous-collard Sparrow is a ubiquitous resident of lowland and montane scrub from Mexico south to Tierra del Fuego. Rufous-collared Sparrows have a gray head with two broad black crown stripes and a blackish line through the eye, prominent rufous collar, rufescent upperparts streaked black and white underparts with black patches on either side of the chest. The sparrows are very tolerant to human presence, and are a common sight in settlements across South America. Rufous-collard Sparrows are often encountered hopping on open ground as they forage for seeds and insects or singing from a prominent perch on a shrub or rock. Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Neotropical Birds

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El Calafate, Santa Cruz, Argentina

Spotted on Jan 20, 2015
Submitted on Feb 5, 2015

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