Family New World Sparrows (Passerellidae)

Least Concern

Tumbes Sparrow (Rhynchospiza stolzmanni)


French: Bruant de Tumbes German: Tumbesammer Spanish: Chingolo de Tumbes

Hæmophila stolzmanni


, 1877,

Tumbes, Peru




Tumbesian region of SW Ecuador (W Loja) S to NW Peru (from Tumbes S to N La Libertad).

Descriptive notes

14·5 cm; 23·7–27·6 g. A short-tailed sparrow with thick-based conical bill, striped crown and streaked back; feet relatively large. Has grey central crownstripe, cinnamon-... read more


Song variable, in two or three parts, some rather mechanical and others much more fluid and sweet,... read more


Arid scrub, and semi-desert with cacti, bushes, as well as open dry forest, and riparian scrub;... read more

Food and feeding

Diet insects and seeds; large and deep bill suggests ability to take relatively large seeds. Forages terrestrially; singly and in pairs,... read more


Breeds in wet season, Jan–May. Nest a cup of grass, lined with finer vegetation and down, positioned on ground in a grassy patch, often... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Tumbesian Region EBA. Common to fairly common throughout its small range.

Recommended citation

Jaramillo, A. (2020). Tumbes Sparrow (Rhynchospiza stolzmanni). 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 29 February 2020).