Family New World Sparrows (Passerellidae)

Least Concern

Bridled Sparrow (Peucaea mystacalis)


French: Bruant à moustaches German: Zügelammer Spanish: Chingolo embridado

Zonotrichia mystacalis


, 1852,

Río Frío, between Puebla and Mexico City, Mexico




S edge of C plateau of Mexico in E México (S Puebla, CW Veracruz and N & C Oaxaca).

Descriptive notes

15–16·5 cm; 19·3–25·9 g. A medium-sized sparrow. Has crown and nape grey, faintly streaked darker, side of face grey, white supraloral stripe, broken eyering and... read more


Song a series of slightly sneezy, sharp and sweet chipping notes, becoming an excited liquid... read more


Semi-open arid tropical scrub, thickets and grassy clearings, and open leguminous thorn-forest... read more

Food and feeding

Little information on diet; eats seeds, small insects (orthopterans), spiders (Araneae), and fruits. Forages principally near ground or low... read more


Season May–Jul; double-brooded. Monogamous. Nest a cup of dry grass and twigs, lined with finer grasses and hair, placed close to or on... read more


Apparently sedentary.

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). Bridled Sparrow (Peucaea mystacalis). 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 22 February 2020).