French: Bruant de Zapata German: Zapataammer Spanish: Chingolo de la ciénaga
Other common names: Cuban Sparrow
Barbour and J. L. Peters, 1927,
Santo Tomás, Zapata Peninsula, Cuba.
Three subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
T. i. inexpectata
Barbour & J. L. Peters, 1927 – Zapata Swamp, in W Cuba.
T. i. varonai
Regalado, 1981 – Cayo Coco and Cayo Romano, off NC Cuba.
T. i. sigmani
Spence & B. L. Smith, 1961 – coastal regions of province of Guantánamo, in SE Cuba.
16·5 cm; 19·7–29·3 g. A large-headed, moderately long-tailed sparrow with medium-sized conical bill and short, rounded wings. Nominate race has... read more
Songs tend to be duets, initiated by male. Typical duet a highly synchronized series of high-... read more
Seasonally flooded sawgrass prairies in Zapata Swamp (nominate race); dry to semi-wet open forest... read more
Food and feeding
In Zapata Swamp feeds on eggs of apple snails (Pomacea) during wet season, and may take small lizards (Anolis); in dry... read more
Season Mar–Jun. Appears to be territorial throughout year. Few nests known, all from the Zapata region, a grassy well-formed cup placed in... read more
Status and conservation
VULNERABLE. Previously considered Endangered. Restricted-range species: present in Cuba EBA. Has small range of c. 4300 km², within which it is total known from 17... read more
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