Family New World Sparrows (Passerellidae)

Least Concern

Black-striped Sparrow (Arremonops conirostris)


French: Tohi ligné German: Dickichtammer Spanish: Cerquero negrilistado

Arremon conirostris


, 1850,

Brazil; error = Colombia


See A. chloronotus. Present species is sister to A. tocuyensis#R. Race inexpectatus postulated to be a separate species, based on reportedly quite different song#R; further research required. Seven subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • A. c. richmondi Ridgway, 1898 – tropical zone from E Honduras S to W Panama.
  • A. c. viridicatus Wetmore, 1957 – Coiba I, off Veraguas, in S Panama.
  • A. c. striaticeps (Lafresnaye, 1853) – C & E Panama (both slopes) and Pacific slope of Colombia S to W Ecuador.
  • A. c. conirostris (Bonaparte, 1850) – Caribbean coast of Colombia from Bolívar (upper Sinú Valley) E to foothills of Santa Marta Mts, S in Magdalena Valley (except uppermost parts), also E slopes of E Andes in Arauca and Boyacá; also N & W Venezuela (Falcón and Lara E to Sucre, S to SW Táchira, Apure, Guárico and N Bolívar) and extreme N Brazil (R Branco region).
  • A. c. inexpectatus Chapman, 1914 – arid tropical and subtropical zones of upper Magdalena Valley, in Colombia.
  • A. c. umbrinus Todd, 1923 – E Colombia (Norte de Santader) and W Venezuela (S & W of L Maracaibo).
  • A. c. pastazae Krabbe & Stejskal, 2008 – E Ecuador (R Pastaza, in Pastaza–Morona-Santiago border).
  • Descriptive notes

    16·5 cm; 26–42 g. Boldly striped head and plain back. Nominate race has head grey, with broad black lateral crownstripe, narrow black eyestripe; upperparts, including wings... read more


    Song a series of whining notes with rising or downward inflection, preceded by clear, thin... read more


    Low thickets, weedy fields, young second growth, shaded gardens and humid woodland edges; sea-level... read more

    Food and feeding

    Variety of insects, especially grasshoppers and other orthopterans, also seeds, and fruits (e.g. berries from Miconia trees);... read more


    Season Jan–Oct, but most nesting activity in Apr–Jul, e.g. Apr–May (sometimes to Dec) in Colombia; perhaps sometimes double-brooded. Nest... read more


    Sedentary; a few may move upslope to breed.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Fairly common to common in appropriate habitat in most of range. Often difficult to detect; possibly more numerous than may appear. Newly described... read more

    Recommended citation

    Rising, J. (2020). Black-striped Sparrow (Arremonops conirostris). 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).