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Oriturus superciliosus

Striped Sparrow

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Emberizidae
  • Polytypic 2 Subspecies

Authors: Smith, Cody, and David L. Slager

Oriturus superciliosus

Parque Ejidal San Nicolás Totolapan, Distrito Federal, Mexico; 26 January 2014 © Jukka Jantunen

This boldly patterned, highly distinctive, and large-bodied sparrow is a Mexican endemic and the sole member of its genus. It is confined to highland areas, where Striped Sparrow inhabits open pine woodlands and areas of bunch grass. Obvious due to its habits of forming loose groups and perching in the open, for instance on posts or rocks, Striped Sparrow has a rufous crown set off by a very bold white supercilium, and black mask; the underparts are largely whitish, and the upperparts are a mixture of tawny brown, gray and black. The song comprises a series of metallic chipping and beeping notes, followed by a rattling trill that to some ears resembles the call of a female Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater).

Recommended Citation

Smith, Cody, and David L. Slager. 2016. Striped Sparrow (Oriturus superciliosus), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online:

This map is based on the maps available from the NatureServe InfoNatura website. The data for these maps are provided by NatureServe in collaboration with Robert Ridgely, James Zook, The Nature Conservancy - Migratory Bird Program, Conservation International - CABS, World Wildlife Fund - US, and Environment Canada - WILDSPACE.

  • Migration/Movement:Resident (nonmigratory)
  • Primary Habitat:Northern temperate grassland
  • Foraging Strata:Terrestrial
  • Foraging Behavior:Undescribed
  • Diet:Seeds
  • Sociality:Pairs/Family Groups
  • Mating System:Monogamy
  • Nest Form:Cup
  • Clutch: 3 - 4
  • IUCN Status:Least Concern