Family New World Sparrows (Passerellidae)

Least Concern

Yellow-browed Sparrow (Ammodramus aurifrons)


French: Bruant à front d’or German: Gelbwangenammer Spanish: Chingolo cejigualdo

Tanagra aurifrons


, 1825,

“in provincia Bahia”; error = Fonte Boa, Rio Solimões, Brazil


See A. humeralis. Four subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • A. a. apurensis (Phelps, Sr & Gilliard, 1941) – NE Colombia (Norte de Santander to Arauca) E through llanos of W Venezuela to Orinoco Delta.
  • A. a. cherriei (Chapman, 1914) – EC Colombia (in llanos of Meta).
  • A. a. tenebrosus (J. T. Zimmer & Phelps, Sr, 1949) – SW Venezuela (SW Amazonas), SE Colombia (Guainía and E Vaupés) and adjacent W Brazil.
  • A. a. aurifrons (Spix, 1825) – SE Colombia (SE of Andes) S through E Ecuador and E Peru to NE Bolivia, and E through Amazonian Brazil.
  • Descriptive notes

    13 cm; 14·5–19 g. A short-tailed and long-legged sparrow with relatively long and stout bill and short wing, primaries entirely hidden by tertials. Nominate race... read more


    Song, often given in heat of midday, a high-pitched, insect-like, nasal double trill, “tzeeee... read more


    Lowland tropical grassland and open sites, although found commonly to 1000 m in E Ecuador, and... read more

    Food and feeding

    Seeds and insects; nestling diet arthropods. Forages exclusively on ground, specializing on grass seeds. Often forages in the open, and,... read more


    Season May–Oct in Venezuela and Feb–Sept in Colombia. Cup-shaped nest of dried grass, lined with finer material, placed on... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Fairly common throughout most of extensive range. Very adaptable, this species’ preference for variety of grassy and open habitats makes it one... read more

    Recommended citation

    Jaramillo, A. (2020). Yellow-browed Sparrow (Ammodramus aurifrons). 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).