French: Bruant ligné German: Rostschwanzammer Spanish: Chingolo cabecilistado
Subspecies and Distribution
P. r. acuminata
(Salvin & Godman, 1886) – Pacific slope of Mexico from S Durango and S Zacatecas S to SE Guerrero, E to Morelos and S Puebla.
P. r. lawrencii
(Salvin & Godman, 1886) – S side of Isthmus of Tehuantepec in Oaxaca and extreme W Chiapas, in S Mexico.
P. r. connectens
(Griscom, 1930) – valley of R Motagua, in E Guatemala.
P. r. ruficauda
(Bonaparte, 1853) – Pacific slope from SE Guatemala S to NW Costa Rica.
15–19·5 cm; 25·4–30·4 g (acuminata), 31·5–44·7 g (lawrencii). Medium-sized to fairly large sparrow, larger in S than in N. Nominate race has crown and side... read more
Song a continuous jumble of high squeaky notes, perhaps accelerated with excitement; mates greet... read more
Xeric grasslands with scattered trees dominated by legumes; on rocky slopes, brushy fence rows and... read more
Food and feeding
Principally seeds, small insects, spiders (Araneae), and fruits; feeds young with insects. Usually forages on ground, but also low in... read more
Season Apr–Nov, sometimes later on coast than inland; probably double-brooded. Co-operative breeder, up to seven individuals attend nest.... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Fairly common to common; often common or very common in appropriate habitat. Somewhat more local in interior.
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