Family New World Sparrows (Passerellidae)

Least Concern

Striped Sparrow (Oriturus superciliosus)


French: Bruant rayé German: Streifenammer Spanish: Chingolo rayado

Aimophila superciliosa


, 1838,



Races poorly differentiated; specimens from Nayarit, Jalisco, Zacatecas, Aguascalientes and Michoacán reported as being intermediate. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • O. s. palliatus (van Rossem, 1938) – W Mexico in Sierra Madre Occidental from E Sonora and SW Chihuahua S through E Sinaloa and W Durango to Nayarit and W Zacatecas.
  • O. s. superciliosus (Swainson, 1838) – S part of C plateau of Mexico in Jalisco, Aguascalientes and Guanajuato E to Tlaxcala and WC Veracruz, S to Michoacán, Morelos, Puebla and C Oaxaca#R.
  • Descriptive notes

    16·5–18 cm; 36·9–53·7 g. A large, flat-headed sparrow with long, rounded tail. Nominate race has crown rusty, thinly streaked with black, and... read more


    Song 1–3 nasal chipping notes followed by rattling trill, “tiuk tiuk tiuk beeh beeh... read more


    Found in bunch-grass and probably other scrubby and grassy openings in or near humid pine–oak... read more

    Food and feeding

    Little information. Recorded as eating seeds and insects; adults seen to feed green plant material and insects to fledged young. Forages... read more


    Season May–Sept. Seemingly monogamous; may be loosely colonial. Nest a cup of dry grasses, lined with finer vegetation and sometimes... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Locally common to fairly common. Suitable habitat for this species often destroyed by agricultural activities.

    Recommended citation

    Rising, J. (2020). Striped Sparrow (Oriturus superciliosus). 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 21 February 2020).