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National Wildlife Control Training Program vol. 1.

Crowned Sparrow Control

Scientific Name

White-crowned sparrow, Zonotrichia leucophrys

golden-crowned sparrow, Zonotrichia atricapilla

Photo Credits: white-crowned sparrow, U of Nebraska


eat newly sown grass, garden and flower seeds and seedlings to 4 inch height.

Control Methods

Habitat Modification

  • Change Field crops: Eliminate weedy borders and unnecessary shrubs at field perimeters.
  • Netting
  • Spikes
  • Electric ledge products

Frightening Devices

mylar reflective tapPhoto:Reflective tapes Description: Tied to trees, posts, etc. these scare devices may work temporarily when damage first begins. Photo Credits: from U of Florida website  

Propane exploders, pyrotechnics, kites mesh fences; Avitrol® frightener; box traps R Repellent Taste: capsaicin in granular formulations may be registered. Sound: pyrotechnics, propane exploders

Sight: raptor-like kites flown above field crops

Frightening Agent Sprouting crops: Avitrol with fine chick scratch feeds as pre bait.




Trap 3 ft x 3 ft Lily Pad or Clover Leaf style cage traps, baited with milo or fine, cracked corn and use live decoy birds. Also, modified Australian crow trap.

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