French: Bruant à menton noir German: Schwarzkinnammer Spanish: Chingolo barbinegro
Subspecies and Distribution
S. a. caurina
A. H. Miller, 1929 – coast ranges of WC California from Contra Costa County S to San Benito County, occasionally N to S Oregon, in W USA; non-breeding range poorly known (one record from Santa Cruz I, in California).
S. a. cana
Coues, 1866 – inner coastal mountains of C & SW California (from Monterey County S on W slopes of S Sierra Nevada) and extreme NW Mexico (N Baja California); non-breeding Baja California Sur.
S. a. evura
Coues, 1866 – SE California, S Nevada, SW Utah, C & SE Arizona, C & S New Mexico, W Texas and extreme N Mexico (NE Sonora); non-breeding range poorly known.
S. a. atrogularis
(Cabanis, 1851) – C plateau of Mexico from Durango, S Coahuila and W Nuevo León S to C Oaxaca.
14–15 cm; 9–14·8 g. A small, slim sparrow with long, notched tail. Male nominate race has grey head, with lores, area around base of bill and throat black... read more
Song a clear ascending or descending trill, “sweet sweet sweet te te te te”;... read more
Large tracts of undisturbed dry chaparral in foothills, and similar brushy habitats, commonly in... read more
Food and feeding
Diet not well known. In winter principally seeds; in summer larval insects. Forages in variety of forbs, including pinyon (Pinus... read more
Season middle to late Apr to early Jul, most activity mid-May to mid-Jun; probably single-brooded, perhaps occasionally two or three broods... read more
Populations N of C Mexico migratory. Those breeding W of the Sierra and into N Baja California move... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Classified as “Highest Concern” in the USA (Red WatchList priority species for conservation). Generally uncommon and local; may be common in some... read more
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