Family New World Sparrows (Passerellidae)

Near Threatened

Cinnamon-tailed Sparrow (Peucaea sumichrasti)


French: Bruant à queue rousse German: Zimtschwanzammer Spanish: Chingolo colicanela

Hæmophila sumichrasti


, 1871,

Juchitán, Tehuantepec, Oaxaca, Mexico




Pacific slope of SE Oaxaca and extreme SW Chiapas, in S Mexico.

Descriptive notes

14·5–16·5 cm; 23·1–30·1 g. A fairly large sparrow. Has rufous crown with narrow darker streaks, grey median crownstripe, pale grey... read more


Song a sprightly tinkling series of chipping notes, sometimes whistle-like, often with 1–5... read more


Slightly open areas in arid tropical scrub (with Jatropha and Ipomoea) up to 6 m... read more

Food and feeding

Little information on diet; probably seeds, small insects, spiders (Araneae) and fruits. Sometimes takes nectar. Apparently eats... read more


Egg-laying from early Jun to early Sept, and bird in breeding condition on 22nd May in Oaxaca; double-brooded. Nest not described; probably... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Isthmus of Tehuantepec EBA. Locally fairly common to common. Estimated... read more

Recommended citation

Rising, J. (2020). Cinnamon-tailed Sparrow (Peucaea sumichrasti). 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 17 February 2020).