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



Because it is adapted to a specific graminoid ground cover associated with montane forests (41), the Striped Sparrow is classified as a species restricted by habitat (42). It occurs primarily in the Sierra Madre Occidental and Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt biogeographic provinces, and to a lesser extent the Sierra Madre Oriental, Balsas Basin, and Sierra Madre del Sur provinces (43; see maps in Distribution). However, areas with vegetation that support this species are not common in these biogeographic provinces.

The species occurs mainly in montane grasslands and meadows (including wet meadows) with tall bunchgrasses and scattered shrubs (2, 1, 4), and plants from the genera: Calamogrostis, Fetusca, Muhlenbergia, and Stipa (44, 28). These montane grasslands are associated with and normally surrounded by forests with different compositions: alder–pine–fir (AlnusPinusAbies) (45), cypress–juniper–oak–pine (CupressusJuniperusQuercusPinus) (46), fir (Abies) (44), juniper–pine (JuniperusPinus) (47), oak (Quercus) (48), pine (Pinus) (6, 49, 39, 50), pine–alder (PinusAlnus) (51), pine–oak (PinusQuercus) (52, 53, 7, 39), and pine–oak–fir (PinusQuercusAbies) (54).

Striped Sparrow has also been recorded in disturbed habitats with eucalypt (Eucalyptus) (55) and pine–cypress–eucalypt (PinusCupressusEucalyptus) (56) forest, also induced grassland used for grazing (57, 58). It may benefit from the increase in agricultural areas in the Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt (59).

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. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.strspa1.03