Family New World Sparrows (Passerellidae)

Least Concern

Oaxaca Sparrow (Aimophila notosticta)


French: Tohi d’Oaxaca German: Oaxacaammer Spanish: Chingolo oaxaqueño

Peucæa notosticta

P. L. Sclater and Salvin

, 1868,

central Mexico, probably Puebla




NW & C Oaxaca (E to around Santiago Matatlán) and probably adjacent SE Puebla, in S Mexico.

Descriptive notes

15–16·5 cm; 26·4–30 g. A medium-sized sparrow with large bill and rounded tail. Has crown chestnut, grey median stripe above bill, narrow black edging above supercilium;... read more


Song a single note, sometimes 2, followed by varied chipping notes, e.g. “swi, chi-chi-chi-chi-chi-... read more


Arid montane scrub with scattered oaks (Quercus) and manzanita (Arctostaphylos),... read more

Food and feeding

Little information. Diet probably seeds, small insects, spiders (Araneae) and fruits. Forages principally on or near ground or low in... read more


Breeding records in May, Jun and Jul. Probably monogamous. No other information.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Previously considered Near Threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Balsas Region and Interior Oaxaca EBA. Rare to locally... read more

Recommended citation

Rising, J. (2020). Oaxaca Sparrow (Aimophila notosticta). 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 22 February 2020).