Family New World Sparrows (Passerellidae)

Least Concern

Black-capped Sparrow (Arremon abeillei)


French: Tohi d’Abeillé German: Kapuzenbuschammer Spanish: Cerquero coroninegro

Arremon abeillei


, 1844,

Guayaquil, Ecuador


Closely related to A. taciturnus, A. flavirostris, A. schlegeli and A. aurantiirostris, being sister to the last-named species#R. Hitherto treated as conspecific with A. nigriceps. Monotypic.


SW Ecuador (from Manabí) S on Pacific slope to NW Peru (S to Cajamarca).

Descriptive notes

15 cm; male mean 26 g, female mean 25·8 g. A stocky, long-billed and short-tailed sparrow. Adult has head down to malar area black, except for bold white supercilium from... read more


Song a variable series of high thin whistles and trills, “tsew tsew tsitetetetetete”. Call a dry... read more


Undergrowth of deciduous forest and dry woodland, also second growth and dry scrub; 0–1600 m, but... read more

Food and feeding

No information on diet. Forages on ground; usually scratches in leaf litter under cover of understorey. Singly and in pairs.


Singing increases during rainy season, implying that breeding takes place then, Jan–May. Dependent fledglings and juveniles observed... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: present in Tumbesian Region EBA. Fairly common within its rather small range, where known from Machalilla... read more

Recommended citation

Jaramillo, A. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Black-capped Sparrow (Arremon abeillei). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 28 February 2020).