Family New World Sparrows (Passerellidae)

Least Concern

Five-striped Sparrow (Amphispiza quinquestriata)


French: Bruant pentaligne German: Fünfstreifenammer Spanish: Chingolo cincorrayas

Zonotrichia quinquestriata

P. L. Sclater and Salvin

, 1868,

Mexico, probably Bolaños, in Jalisco


Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • A. q. septentrionalis (van Rossem, 1934) – extreme S USA (SC Arizona) and NW Mexico (E Sonora and W Chihuahua S to C Sinaloa and W Durango).
  • A. q. quinquestriata (P. L. Sclater & Salvin, 1868) – N Jalisco and S Zacatecas#R, in W Mexico.
  • Descriptive notes

    13–16 cm; 17·1–21·7 g. A medium-sized, long-tailed, rather dark sparrow. Nominate race has crown, nape and side of face brownish-grey, white narrow supercilium, submous­... read more


    Song staccato and brief, lasting just over a second, usually composed of introductory note followed... read more


    Dense desert scrub and tropical thorn-scrub, also tropical deciduous woodland, in canyons and often... read more

    Food and feeding

    Diet seeds, fruit (Celtis, Anisicanthus), also insects, primarily caterpillars and moths (Lepidoptera), grasshoppers (... read more


    Probably coincides with first major summer rainstorm; early Jun, usually not until mid-Jul (Arizona and Sonora), to Sept; probably single-... read more


    Probably non-migratory. Some individuals breeding in N of range (Arizona and N Sonora) may move S... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Classified as “Rare” in the USA (Yellow WatchList priority species for conservation). Status not well known. Often common in appropriate habitat.... read more

    Recommended citation

    Rising, J. (2020). Five-striped Sparrow (Amphispiza quinquestriata). 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 18 February 2020).