The Rusty-crowned Ground-sparrow (Melozone kieneri) is a species of bird in the Emberizidae family. It is endemic to western and southwestern Mexico. The species occurs both in the Sierra Madre Occidental range, and the Cordillera Neovolcanica mountain belt.
Rusty-crowned Ground-sparrow natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forests, subtropical or tropical high-altitude shrubland, and heavily degraded former forest.
- BirdLife International 2004. Melozone kieneri. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 26 July 2007.
- Photo-High Res; Article