French: Tohi d’Abert German: Schwarzkinn-Grundammer Spanish: Toquí de Abert
S. F. Baird
“New Mexico” = vicinity of Gila Bend, Maricopa County, Arizona, USA
Subspecies and Distribution
M. a. dumeticolus
(van Rossem, 1946) – SW USA from SW Utah S through Colorado Valley in SE Nevada to SE California, and E along Gila R in S Arizona, also extreme NW Mexico (extreme N Baja California and NW Sonora).
M. a. aberti
(S. F. Baird, 1852) – SW USA in S Arizona and SW New Mexico.
20–23 cm; 38·9–55·6 g. Large, long-tailed sparrow with relatively uniform appearance. Nominate race has lower forehead, lores and chin black, rest... read more
Song a rather sharp series of notes, “peep peep chee-chee-chee”, “ sleep cleep... read more
Riparian cottonwood–willow (Populus fremontii–Salix gooddingii)... read more
Food and feeding
Diet on lower Colorado R principally insects: in winter 73% of diet was insects, and in summer 96%. Beetles (Coleoptera) especially taken,... read more
Season Mar–Sept; usually double-brooded. Pair-bond maintained retained throughout year. Nest built by female, taking c. 1 week, a... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Classified as “Rare” in the USA (Yellow WatchList priority species for conservation). Much of this species’ preferred streamside... read more
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