French: Bruant des savanes German: Wachtelammer Spanish: Chingolo pajonalero
Cayenne, French Guiana.
Along with A. aurifrons, formerly separated in Myospiza. Four subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
A. h. pallidulus
(Wetmore, 1949) – Guajira Peninsula of N Colombia and NW Venezuela.
A. h. humeralis
(Bosc, 1792) – Colombia and Venezuela (except Guajira Peninsula), and the Guianas E to E Brazil (S to Paraná).
A. h. xanthornus
Gould, 1839 – C & SE Peru (Cerros del Sira#R, Pampas del Heath) and NE Bolivia E through SC Brazil to Paraguay and Uruguay and S to C Argentina (Río Negro).
A. h. tarijensis
(J. Bond & Meyer de Schauensee, 1939) – SE Bolivia (Santa Cruz, Tarija and Chuquisaca).
13 cm; 13–19 g. A short-tailed and large-headed sparrow with medium-sized bill, relatively long legs and large feet, and short wing, primaries entirely hidden by... read more
Song, from tall stalk or, more commonly, fence post or shrub, plaintive, musical and sweet, though... read more
Variety of grassland, from tall grassland to savanna, campos and cerrado of... read more
Food and feeding
Diet seeds and insects, latter particularly during breeding season. Forages exclusively on ground. Adults specialize on grass seeds, and... read more
Season Apr–Aug in N and Sept–Feb in S. Cup-shaped nest placed on ground, with runway leading to it through grass; sometimes... read more
Resident in much of range; possibly short-distance migrant in C Argentina.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Fairly common throughout most of extensive range. Preference for a variety of grassy and open habitats makes this a low-sensitivity species, and... read more
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