SPECIES

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

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Adult
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Juvenile
Adult
Adult lateral view.

A large, bulky, flat-headed sparrow with a pointed, black bill. Adults of both sexes have a black face and a creamy white supercilium. The sides of the crown are chestnut with black streaks, and the median crown stripe is gray, streaked with black. The pale-gray underparts are whitest on the throat, and washed with warm buff on the flanks.

Adult Striped Sparrow

Note entirely black bill and brown crown with a less obvious median stripe

Possible confusion species: Stripe-headed Sparrow (Peucaea ruficauda acuminata).

Note black and white crown with more prominent median stripe, and light lower mandible.

Possible confusion species: Stripe-headed Sparrow (Peucaea ruficauda acuminata).

Note black crown stripe and light lower mandible.

Adult Striped Sparrow.
Possible confusion species: Rusty Sparrow (Aimophila rufescens rufescens).
Possible confusion species: Rusty Sparrow (Aimophila rufescens rufescens).
Adult Striped Sparrow
Possible confusion species: Rufous-crowned Sparrow  (Aimophila ruficeps boucardi).
Possible confusion species: Rufous-crowned Sparrow  (Aimophila ruficeps boucardi).
Adult Striped Sparrow
Possible confusion species: Oaxaca Sparrow  (Aimophila notosticta).
Possible confusion species: Oaxaca Sparrow  (Aimophila notosticta).
Two juveniles.
Adult (left) and juvenile (right).
Adult (left) and juvenile (right).
Lateral view of adult.

The lores and auriculars are blackish, forming a mask, but white streaks on the rear auriculars can make it appear diffuse or gray at a distance. The nape and sides of the neck are light grayish streaked with black.

Dorsal (left) and frontal view (right).

The underparts are generally pale grayish white, but whitest at the throat and central belly. Flanks and undertail coverts washed buffy.

Dorsal view.

The mantle and scapular feathers are buffy brown with heavy black streaks formed by the black feather centers and paler streaks formed by the pale gray feather edges. Remiges are blackish with narrow grayish white edges to the primaries, narrow buff-brown edges to secondaries, and tertials similar to secondaries but with the edges becoming almost whitish at the tips. The bend of the wing is white. The tail is quite long and rounded; the rectrices dark brown with buff-brown edges, with edges broadest on central rectrices, which also have a wavy cross-barring pattern.

Dorsal view.

The crown is rufous with fine black streaks and a narrow gray median stripe, and separated from the auricular mask by a long, broad, creamy white supercilium.

Adult face.
Adult bare parts.
Adult photographed in Choguita, Chihuahua, Mexico.
Adult photographed in “Las Maravillas” park, Mexico City.
Dorsolateral view (presumably subspecies palliatus).

Redder and paler coloration than nominate.

Dorsal view (presumably subspecies palliatus).

Central rectrices are gray.

Lateral view (presumably subspecies superciliosus).

Brownish or chocolate coloration. The central rectrices are olive or olive brown laterally.

Frontal view (presumably subspecies superciliosus).

The throat and abdomen are gray.

Mountain grassland in Aguascalientes.
Mountain grassland in Nevado de Toluca, State of Mexico.
Habitat; Ciudad de México, Mexico
Habitat; Estado de México, Mexico
Habitat; Veracruz, Mexico
Habitat; Veracruz, Mexico
Consuming Festuca and Lupinus seeds.
Adult eating lepidopteran.
Adult eating hymenopteran.
Adult eating coleopteran.
Adult drinking water from a water reservoir.
Striped Sparrow and Lincoln’s Sparrow perching on a fallen tree after foraging together.
Adult with nesting material.
Nest of Striped Sparrow in Michoacan, Mexico.
Nest of Striped Sparrow with two eggs.
Nest of Striped Sparrow with two eggs.

Macaulay Library Photos for Striped Sparrow

Top-rated photos submitted to the Macaulay Library via eBird. Note: Our content editors have not confirmed the species identification for these photos.

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