Family New World Sparrows (Passerellidae)

Least Concern

Golden-winged Sparrow (Arremon schlegeli)


French: Tohi de Schlegel German: Goldflügel-Buschammer Spanish: Cerquero alidorado

Arremon schlegeli


, 1850,

Santa Marta, Colombia


Closely related to A. taciturnus, A. aurantiirostris, A. abeillei and A. flavirostris, with the present species being sister to the last-named#R. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • A. s. schlegeli Bonaparte, 1850 – Caribbean coast of Colombia (except Guajira Peninsula) and NW Venezuela, including Andes.
  • A. s. fratruelis Wetmore, 1946 – Serranía de Macuira (on Guajira Peninsula), in N Colombia.
  • A. s. canidorsum J. T. Zimmer, 1941 – W slope of E Andes in Santander, in N Colombia.
  • Descriptive notes

    16 cm; 23–32 g. A stocky and pot-bellied, yet long-billed and short-tailed sparrow. Male nominate race has head down to malar area and side of neck black, connecting to... read more


    Song, often from low hidden perch in early morning, mostly early in rainy season, a high and thin... read more


    Open deciduous woodland and arid second growth, also clearings with dense shrubbery in arid areas;... read more

    Food and feeding

    Diet consists of fruits, insects and seeds. Forages on ground and in undergrowth, sometimes higher up in shrubs. May scratch at leaf litter... read more


    Most singing activity occurs early in rainy season, suggesting rainy season breeding period; breeds between Apr and Sept in Colombia. Nest... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Uncommon to fairly common. Although this species has a small range, it seems generally to be reasonably numerous. No broad-scale threat apparent.

    Recommended citation

    Jaramillo, A. (2020). Golden-winged Sparrow (Arremon schlegeli). 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).