Cinnamon-tailed Sparrow Peucaea sumichrasti

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Passerellidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: Marîa Félix Ramos-Ordoñez, Claudia I. Rodríguez-Flores, Carlos A. Soberanes-González, Marîa del Coro Arizmendi, Robert A. Behrstock, and Thomas S. Schulenberg

Another Mexican endemic associated with the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, Cinnamon-tailed (or Sumichrast’s) Sparrow occurs along the Pacific Slope of southwestern Mexico in arid scrub habitats at the juncture of eastern Oaxaca and western Chiapas. Once common at elevations of sea level to about 900 m, it has declined due to clearing of cactus and brush for agriculture. This large sparrow (length 16.5 cm) resembles other species of Peucaea, its most distinctive feature being the rather long, cinnamon-colored tail. Note also the bicolored bill, broad gray supercilium, and white cup below the eye.

© L. Irby Davis

  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding

Recommended Citation

Ramos-Ordoñez, M. F., C. I. Rodríguez-Flores, C. A. Soberanes-González, M. d. C. Arizmendi, R. A. Behrstock, and T. S. Schulenberg (2013). Cinnamon-tailed Sparrow (Peucaea sumichrasti), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.