French: Bruant du Sonora German: Kalifornienammer Spanish: Chingolo picudo
seashore at San Diego, California, USA
Subspecies and Distribution
P. r. rostratus
(Cassin, 1852) – NE Baja California (delta of R Colorado, San Felipe) and NW Sonora (mouth of R Colorado S to Patos I), in NW Mexico; non-breeding N to extreme SW USA (Salton Sea, Santa Cruz and Channel Is, all in S California) and on both shores of Baja California S to Cabo San Lucas.
P. r. atratus
van Rossem, 1930 – coast of Sonora (Tepopa Bay and Kino Bay) S to C Sinaloa (El Molino); non-breeding individuals perhaps wander to extreme S Baja California.
13–14·5 cm; 21–25·2 g. Medium-sized sparrow with large bill. Nominate race is light greyish-brown above, crown flecked blackish and with indistinct... read more
Primary song a variable, rather unmusical series of high-pitched chips and buzzes, often as “... read more
Coastal saltmarshes with pickleweed (Salicornia), Allenrolfea, sea blight... read more
Food and feeding
Variety of decapods, especially fiddler crabs (Uca), also isopods and amphipods, as well as Salicornia seeds (probable),... read more
Breeds mid-May through early Jun, mostly in May. Nest made from dried Salicornia and saltgrass (Distichlis) and other... read more
Some individuals breeding along coast of N Sonora wander in post-breeding season, many moving N to... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common to abundant; local in occurrence. Habitat greatly reduced through residential and recreational development. In California listed as “Species... read more
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