Family New World Sparrows (Passerellidae)

Least Concern

Tocuyo Sparrow (Arremonops tocuyensis)


French: Tohi de Tocuyo German: Tocuyoammer Spanish: Cerquero de El Tocuyo

Arremonops tocuyensis


, 1912,

Tocuyo, Lara, Venezuela


This species is sister to A. conirostris#R. Monotypic.


NE Colombia (Guajira Peninsula) and NW Venezuela (N Zulia, Falcón and Lara).

Descriptive notes

13–14 cm. A relatively small sparrow with long tail and medium-sized bill. Largely olive above, off white below, with greyish head striped with black. Has grey head,... read more


Song, from partially hidden perch 1–4 m up, most often at dawn, variable, tends to break out... read more


Thickets and shrubby sites adjacent to arid dry forest in tropical zone; general preference for... read more

Food and feeding

Little known. Tends to forage on or near ground, singly and in pairs. Very inconspicuous and difficult to see.


Nest a domed structure with side entrance, built from leaves, rootlets and twigs, lined with fine rootlets, placed usually on ground under... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Caribbean Colombia and Venezuela EBA. Uncommon to fairly common, and local. Despite the fact that this species... read more

Recommended citation

Jaramillo, A. (2020). Tocuyo Sparrow (Arremonops tocuyensis). 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).