Striped Sparrow Oriturus superciliosus

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

Sounds and Vocal Behavior


The song of Striped Sparrow is a one second long chattering trill, and is often delivered from a prominent perch (Byers et al. 1995). This song has been described as "one to several metallic chips and often 1-3 nasal beeps preceding a rattling trill that may suggest a female [Brown-headed] cowbird [Molothrus ater], tiuk, tiuk, tiuk, beeh, beeh drrrrrrrrrrrr, etc." (Howell and Webb 1995).

The call of Striped Sparrow has been described as "a sharp, metallic tik or chik, often run into excited hard chattering, chik chik chik-chik sshi sshisshisshi..., etc." (Howell and Webb 1995).

For a representative audio recording with sonogram, see audio

Additional audio recordings of vocalizations of Striped Sparrow can be heard at Macaulay Library and at xeno-canto.

Nonvocal Sounds

None reported.

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.