Large, long-tailed sparrow. Often looks scruffy and not as crisp as White-crowned Sparrow. Look for dark stripes bordering yellow crown. Forages on the ground and in low vegetation for seeds and insects. Often in flocks with White-crowned Sparrow. Frequents forest edges, backyards, and scrubby areas in winter and migration. Breeds in low, shrubby areas of tundra or at edges of boreal forest. Visits feeders.