Family New World Sparrows (Passerellidae)

Least Concern

Maranon Sparrow (Arremon nigriceps)


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

Arremon nigriceps


, 1880,

Callacate, Cajamarca, Peru


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.


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


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


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.


Nothing known.



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 on 28 February 2020).