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Rufous-collared sparrow

Zonotrichia capensis chilensis (Meyen)

Length 11 – 12 cms.

Grey head with 3 black lines on each side, which go from the base of the beak to the nape. One up by the crown. One on the level of the eyes and the other on the level of the lower jaw.

Raised crown feathers like a crest. Whitish throat. Large reddish brown stain which encircles the neck, except on the dividing line which separates the throat and breast. Breast light earth brown. White abdomen. Upper and lower back brown with longitudinal black lines. Brown tail. Feet and beak horn like.