French: Tohi de Kiener German: Rostnacken-Grundammer Spanish: Toquí nuquirrufo
Am[erica] occ[identale] = San Blas, Nayarit, Mexico
Subspecies and Distribution
M. k. grisior
van Rossem, 1933 – extreme SE Sonora and N Sinaloa, in W Mexico.
M. k. kieneri
(Bonaparte, 1850) – extreme S Sonora, Sinaloa, W Durango, Nayarit, W Jalisco and Colima, in W Mexico.
M. k. rubricata
(Cabanis, 1851) – C & SW Mexico from S Guanajuato and Michoacán E to Morelos, SW Puebla, Guerrero and W Oaxaca.
15–17·5 cm; 31·9–41·3 g. A fairly large sparrow with dark breast spot. Nominate race has blackish lower forehead, greyish forecrown and rusty... read more
Song a few doubled notes running into accelerating series of chipping notes, “tsi tsi sssit s... read more
Arid to semi-arid brushy woods, thorn-forests, and arid subtropical oak (Quercus) and... read more
Food and feeding
Seeds and arthropods. Forages on and near ground, sometimes also in low shrubbery. Can be difficult to see. Often scratches at ground with... read more
Breeding recorded in Jun and early Jul. Nest a large bulky cup, usually with base of dried leaves, supplemented with dried grasses, lined... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Status uncertain, apparently uncommon; race rubricata very uncommon in Guerrero and Oaxaca, but in Morelos said to be the... read more
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