Striped Sparrow Oriturus superciliosus Scientific name definitions

D. Alexander Carrillo Martínez, Zayra Arery Guadalupe Muñoz González, Cody Smith, David L. Slager, and Andrew J. Spencer
Version: 3.0 — Published February 9, 2024



Endemic resident in montane grasslands of northwestern and central Mexico, where it occurs through the Sierra Madre Occidental to the Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt, from eastern Sonora and southwestern Chihuahua south to Michoacán, Morelos, Puebla, and west-central Veracruz, and disjunctly in central Oaxaca (20, 2, 1, 21). Seen and/or collected in 21 states of Mexico (28), including Aguascalientes (29, 28), Chihuahua (30, 20), Colima (28), Durango (31, 32, 33), Guanajuato (20), Hidalgo (20), Jalisco (20), Mexico City (29), Michoacan (20), Morelos (20), Nayarit (20), Oaxaca (34), Puebla (35), Queretaro (28), San Luis Potosi (29), Sinaloa (20), Sonora (30), State of Mexico (20), Tlaxcala (20), Veracruz (36, 35, 37), and Zacatecas (20). Typically occurs from 1,500–3,500 m above sea level (1, 4), but may occur as high as 4,300 m (20, 38). According to Parker et al. (39), the center of elevational abundance is in the upper montane zone. This species occurs in the Madrean Highlands zoographic region (39). Local distribution restricted to specific habitats (see Habitat).

See Systematics: Geographic Variation for details on subspecies distributions.

Extralimital Records

One individual was recorded in central Texas (Williamson County) from 11 January to 7 April 2015 (eBird). Despite extensive photographic evidence (e.g., ML220788471) and numbers of observers, the Texas Ornithological Society Bird Records Committee did not accept the record, "due to questionable origin."

Historical Changes to the Distribution

Little information, but habitat loss and fragmentation (see Conservation and Management) has affected distribution at small scales. During an expedition to a portion of the Sierra Madre Occidental in Aguascalientes in 1959, ornithologist N. K. Johnson described the habitat where the Striped Sparrow was collected as "very open and has mountain grassland vegetation, but there are cornfields and grazing lands nearby" (28). In 2004, herpetologist J. Sigala-Rodríguez returned to the same area and found a young oak forest and no montane grassland habitat (40), suggesting a localized change in Striped Sparrow distribution within Aguascalientes.

Distribution of the Striped Sparrow - Range Map
  • Year-round
  • Migration
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Distribution of the Striped Sparrow

Recommended Citation

Carrillo Martínez, D. A., Z. A. G. Muñoz González, C. Smith, D. L. Slager, and A. J. Spencer (2024). Striped Sparrow (Oriturus superciliosus), version 3.0. In Birds of the World (B. K. Keeney and P. G. Rodewald, Editors). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.
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