French: Bruant de Belding German: Strichelbrustammer Spanish: Chingolo de Belding
San José del Cabo, Baja California Sur, Mexico
Subspecies and Distribution
P. g. beldingi
Ridgway, 1885 – extreme SW USA (coastal S California S from Santa Barbara, possibly from San Luis Obispo County) S in NW Mexico (Baja California), including Todos Santos I, to Laguna de Ojo Liebre.
P. g. guttatus
Lawrence, 1867 – S Baja California from Laguna San Ignacio S to Bahía Magdalena; non-breeding S to Cabo San Lucas.
11–14 cm; 15·5–22·5 g. Medium-sized sparrow, with relatively large bill. Nominate race is olive-grey above, with lemon-yellow supercilium fading... read more
Primary song a highly variable, rather unmusical series of high-pitched chips and buzzes, often a... read more
Coastal saltmarshes with pickleweed (Salicornia), Allenrolfea, sea... read more
Food and feeding
Feeds on a variety of decapods, especially fiddler crabs (Uca), also isopods and amphipods, as well as on probable Salicornia... read more
Season mid-Feb to early Jun, mostly Apr and early May, and by mid-May most first broods have hatched; probably generally double-brooded.... read more
Apparently sedentary. Some post-breeding movement to nearby beach strand; perhaps a certain amount... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common. Has suffered much loss of habitat to residential and recreational development, particularly in California, where now listed as a... read more
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