Striped Sparrow Oriturus superciliosus

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Passerellidae
  • Polytypic: 2 subspecies
  • Authors: Cody Smith and David L. Slager



Striped Sparrow typically makes only short and low flights (Byers et al 1995). Generally rather shy (Byers et al. 1995). Striped Sparrows are often found in pairs or small groups which perch on bush-tops, fence posts, or rocks (Byers 1995), and they may feed either in the open (Byers et al. 1995) or in thick grass cover (Howell and Webb 1995). This species has been alternatively described as either shy (Byers et al. 1995) or noisy and conspicuous (Howell and Webb 1995).


Little information, but this species may be loosely colonial (Rising 2011). Marshall (1957) suggested that "they did not seem to have territorial boundaries", with home ranges that overlapped, and described a meadow, ca 1.2 km (0.75 miles) in diameter, as occupied by a "colony" of 24 adults.

Sexual Behavior

Striped Sparrow is seemingly monogamous (Rising 2011). During courtship the adult male displays in front of the female with wings and tail spread (Byers et al. 1995). Courtship behavior may also involve begging and wing flicking in the presence of the opposite sex (Forcey and Aragon 2009).

Social and interspecific behavior

Striped Sparrows generally occur in pairs or small groups outside of the breeding season (Byers et al. 1995), and the species has also been described as social, forming loose groups (Howell and Webb 1995). Sometimes associates with other species, such as Lark Sparrow (Chondestes grammacus) (Marshall 1957).


No reports of predation on Striped Sparrow?

Recommended Citation

Smith, C. and D. L. Slager (2016). Striped Sparrow (Oriturus superciliosus), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.