Family New World Sparrows (Passerellidae)

Least Concern

Maranon Sparrow (Arremon nigriceps)


Taxonomy

French: Tohi du Maranon German: Marañón-Buschammer Spanish: Cerquero del Marañón
Taxonomy:

Arremon nigriceps

Taczanowski

, 1880,

Callacate, Cajamarca, Peru

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Hitherto treated as conspecific with A. abeillei, although long speculated to merit species rank; differs in its green vs grey back (3); white preocular supercilium (2); song like abeillei in being two-parted (2–4 notes followed by rapid trill) but trill sharply falling (vs rising) in pitch and covering a large (vs small) frequency range (2+2=4), and song rather shorter (ns[2])#R. Monotypic.

Distribution:

Upper Marañón Valley in extreme S Ecuador (S Zamora-Chinchipe) and NW Peru (E Cajamarca).

Descriptive notes

15 cm. A stocky, long-billed and short-tailed sparrow. Adult has head down to malar area black, except for bold white supercilium from bill base to nape; mantle, back, wing-... read more

Voice

Song similar to that of formerly conspecific A. abeillei, but slower, rendered “sweée,... read more

Habitat

Undergrowth of deciduous forest and dry woodland, also second growth and dry scrub; 0–1800 m in... read more

Food and feeding

No information on diet. Forages on ground; usually scratches in leaf litter under cover of understorey. Singly and in pairs.

Breeding

Nothing known.

Movements

Sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: confined to the Marañón Valley EBA. Fairly common within its rather small range. No evidence of any... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Maranon Sparrow (Arremon nigriceps). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/1344140 on 28 February 2020).