Family New World Sparrows (Passerellidae)

Least Concern

Stripe-capped Sparrow (Rhynchospiza strigiceps)


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

Zonotrichia strigiceps


, 1839,

Santa Fe, Argentina


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


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


    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


    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



    Status and conservation

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

    Recommended citation

    Jaramillo, A. (2020). 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 on 18 February 2020).