Rufous-collared Sparrow (Zonotrichia capensis)

The Rufous-collared Sparrow is a common sight in the Central Valley of Costa Rica and the surrounding mountains, and it is also common in the regions of Colombia that we visited. It can be seen hopping in the grass, on the lookout for small worms and insects. They are not shy at all of people and will enter houses and buildings looking for food that may lie on the floor. The Juvenile lacks the Rufous collar around the neck and back.

Rufous-collared Sparrow - Zonotrichia capensis - Gorrión Copetón (2)

The rock was covered in yellow lichen, a characteristic of the wet highlands in Costa Rica

Rufous-collared Sparrow - Zonotrichia capensis - Gorrión Copetón

This sparrow was singing with great force just a few meters outside my apartment in Alajuela

Rufous-collared Sparrow - Zonotrichia capensis - Gorrión Copetón

Common does not mean any less fascinating, and the “Comemaiz” is one of those common birds in Costa Rica that has more than one trick down its sleeve

Rufous-collared Sparrow - Zonotrichia capensis - Gorrión Copetón (2)

This individual was photographed at the entry point to Nevado del Ruiz National Park, which is above 4,000 meters above sea level. Quite impressive for a bird we can find at around 600 meters in Costa Rica

 

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