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Five-striped Sparrow Amphispiza quinquestriata

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Passerellidae
  • Polytypic: 2 subspecies
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The Five-striped Sparrow extends its range very marginally into the southern USA, in Arizona; otherwise, the species is endemic to western Mexico. It is typically observed alone or in pairs, in arid to semi-arid scrubby country, often in rocky areas, and it is easily overlooked, except when singing. The Five-striped Sparrow is a neatly patterned sparrow, with brown upperparts and principally gray below, but marked by a white supercilium, throat, and moustachial, and a broad black malar stripe; there is also a small black spot on the breast. The species resident in some areas, but most populations move south in winter, albeit not over very long distances.

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© Geoffrey A. Keller

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

Recommended Citation

Five-striped Sparrow (Amphispiza quinquestriata), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: