French: Bruant à bec épais German: Dickschnabelammer Spanish: Chingolo picogrueso
S. F. Baird
Fort Tejon, Kern County, California, USA
Subspecies and Distribution
P. m. megarhyncha
S. F. Baird, 1858 – W USA from extreme SW Oregon S to CN California (including Sierra Nevada); non-breeding in C & S California S to extreme NW Mexico (NW Baja California).
P. m. brevicauda
Mailliard, 1918 – interior N coast ranges of California S to Colusa County; non-breeding C & S coastal California.
P. m. monoensis
Grinnell & Storer, 1917 – E slope of Sierra Nevada (in EC California); non-breeding in C interior and S coastal California, and NW Baja California.
P. m. stephensi
Anthony, 1895 – S Sierra Nevada (in S California); non-breeding at lower elevations in S California.
15–18 cm; 29–38 g. Large sparrow with large bill and relatively long tail. Nominate race has slate-coloured head and upperparts washed with brown, rump brown,... read more
Song clear and ringing, starting with 2–3 syllables on different pitches, “too-wheet-whoo tweek-... read more
Deciduous thickets, sometimes thick, scrubby conifers, generally along streams, brushy fields,... read more
Food and feeding
In breeding season feeds primarily on insects, and probably also on other animal items; will also take seeds and berries when they are... read more
Season mid-May to mid-Jul; probably single-brooded. Probably monogamous. Nest built by female, of dry grass, twigs, moss or bark, lined... read more
Most, if not all, populations migratory, some perhaps moving very short distance or performing... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common. Little information available on numbers.
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