Family New World Sparrows (Passerellidae)

Least Concern

Pectoral Sparrow (Arremon taciturnus)


French: Tohi silencieux German: Schwarzring-Buschammer Spanish: Cerquero pectoral

Tanagra taciturna


, 1783,

Cayenne, French Guiana


Until recently considered conspecific with A. semitorquatus (in recent study found to be parapatric with latter, with no intermediate specimens or evidence of gene flow) and hitherto with A. axillaris. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • A. t. taciturnus (Hermann, 1783) – E Colombia (in R Orinoco Valley), Venezuela (Bolívar and Amazonas), the Guianas, C & NE Brazil (E from Mato Grosso and Amazonas, S to Mato Grosso do Sul#R and Espírito Santo) and NE Bolivia (Beni).
  • A. t. nigrirostris P. L. Sclater, 1886 – SE Peru (Cuzco and Puno) and N Bolivia (Pando, La Paz and Cochabamba).
  • Descriptive notes

    13·5–15 cm; 18–32 g. A medium-sized, chunky sparrow with relatively thick-based but long bill. Male nominate race has black head, narrow white supercilium... read more


    Song, from low perch, often a log, sometimes from ground, simple comprising an introductory and the... read more


    Open undergrowth in humid forest (including terra firme in Amazonia, more rarely in ... read more

    Food and feeding

    No information on diet; probably a mix of seeds and arthropods. Forages largely on ground, usually concealed in undergrowth; also in low... read more


    In SE Peru, active nests Aug–Dec; elsewhere, in breeding condition in Feb–Apr in extreme S Venezuela, dependent young in late... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Fairly common. Has reasonably large range; no evidence of population declines.

    Recommended citation

    Jaramillo, A. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Pectoral Sparrow (Arremon taciturnus). 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 17 February 2020).