Family New World Sparrows (Passerellidae)

Least Concern

Black-chested Sparrow (Peucaea humeralis)


French: Bruant à plastron German: Schwarzbrustammer Spanish: Chingolo pechinegro

Haemophila humeralis


, 1851,

Tehotepec, Puebla, Mexico


Birds of N Colima have sometimes been separated as race asticta, but doubtfully valid. Monotypic.


WC & SC Mexico from S Jalisco and Colima E to Morelos and Puebla, S to Guerrero and SW Oaxaca.

Descriptive notes

15–15·5 cm; 18–27·6 g. A medium-sized sparrow. Has head blackish, white loral spot and moustachial stripe; white throat bordered by thin black malar stripe and black... read more


Song, sometimes in duet, typically a high liquid twittering preceded by one to a few short... read more


Arid tropical scrub-forest and thorn-forest with trees 11–32 m tall and with continuous canopy of... read more

Food and feeding

Little information on diet; in breeding season, at least, mainly animal items, especially insects, such as lepidopteran larvae,... read more


Season May–Sept; probably double-brooded, and perhaps multi-brooded. Apparently monogamous, and generally seen in pairs. Nest made from dry... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Balsas Region and Interior Oaxaca EBA. Often common or very common in appropriate habitat.

Recommended citation

Rising, J. (2020). Black-chested Sparrow (Peucaea humeralis). 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 25 February 2020).