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Rufous-collared Sparrow Zonotrichia capensis

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Passerellidae
  • Polytypic: 27 subspecies
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Carro, M.E., and G.J. Fernández. 2013. Can nest predation explain the lack of defenses against cowbird brood parasitism in the Rufous-collared Sparrow (Zonotrichia capensis)? Auk 130: 408-416.

Cheviron, Z.A., C. Natarajan, J. Projecto-Garcia, D.K. Eddy, J. Jones, M.D. Carling, C.C. Witt, H. Moriyama, R.E. Weber, A. Fago, and J.F. Storz. 2014. Integrating evolutionary and functional tests of adaptive hypotheses: A case study of altitudinal differentiation in hemoglobin function in an Andean sparrow, Zonotrichia capensis. Molecular Biology and Evolution 31: 2948–2962.

Greeney, H.F., M.E. Juiña J., J.B.C. Harris, M.T. Wickens, B. Winger, R.A. Gelis, E.T. Miller, and A. Solano-Ugalde. 2010. Observations on the breeding biology of birds in south-east Ecuador. Bulletin of the British Ornithologists' Club 130: 61-68.

Lougheed, S.C., L. Campagna, J.A. Dávila, P.L. Tubaro, D.A. Lijtmaer, and P. Handford. 2013. Continental phylogeography of an ecologically and morphologically diverse neotropical songbird, Zonotrichia capensis. BMC Evolutionary Biology 13: 58.

Poblete, Y., V. Gutiérrez, V. Cid, S.D. Newsome, P. Sabat, and R.A. Vasquez. 2018. Intraspecific variation in exploratory behavior and elevational affinity in a widely distributed songbird. Oecologia 186: 931-938.

Pedroso, L. G. A., and F. A. Hernandes. 2018. Two new feather mite species of the family Analgidae (Acariformes: Analgoidea) from the Rufous-collared Sparrow Zonotrichia capensis (Müller, 1776 (Passeriformes: Passerellidae). Zootaxa 4461: 233-244.

Recommended Citation

Rufous-collared Sparrow (Zonotrichia capensis), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: