Family New World Sparrows (Passerellidae)

Least Concern

Stripe-capped Sparrow (Rhynchospiza strigiceps)


Taxonomy

French: Bruant à calotte rayée German: Streifenscheitelammer Spanish: Chingolo coronicastaño
Taxonomy:

Zonotrichia strigiceps

Gould

, 1839,

Santa Fe, Argentina

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Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • R. s. dabbenei (Hellmayr, 1912) – SE Bolivia S to NW Argentina (Jujuy, Salta and Tucumán).
  • R. s. strigiceps (Gould, 1839) – SC Paraguay S to NC Argentina (to Córdoba and N Buenos Aires).
  • Descriptive notes

    15–16 cm; 20·5–23·7 g. A long-tailed, short-winged sparrow with medium-sized conical bill, striped crown and streaked back. Nominate race has grey central crown­stripe,... read more

    Voice

    Song far-carrying, strident and sweet. Males have diverse repertoire of song types, and will sing... read more

    Habitat

    Open and dry sites with a shrub component, including shorter and more open chaco woodlands... read more

    Food and feeding

    Diet both seeds and insects; provisions young entirely with insects. Forages on ground. Usually seen alone, but sometimes forages in pairs... read more

    Breeding

    Season Oct–Mar, slightly later in NW Argentina than in C Argentina. Nest a well-formed cup of dry grasses, lined with finer material,... read more

    Movements

    Sedentary.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Common throughout its range. Present in several protected areas in Argentina.

    Recommended citation

    Jaramillo, A. (2019). Stripe-capped Sparrow (Rhynchospiza strigiceps). 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/61945 on 23 July 2019).