SPARROWS AND FINCHES   -   EMBERIZIDAE   -   PART III

"Typical" sparrows, towhees, ground-sparrows, juncos, and Chlorospingus (bush-tanagers)


Rusty Sparrow - Aimophila rufescens
Rusty Sparrow
Aimophila rufescens pectoralis(?)
El Sumidero National Park, Chiapas state, Mexico.
Found from Mexico to Costa Rica. (S5)


Rufous-crowned Sparrow - Aimophila ruficeps
Rufous-crowned Sparrow
Aimophila ruficeps australis/laybournae
Monte Albán, Oaxaca, Mexico
Found in arid areas of the southwestern US and much of Mexico. (S13)


Oaxaca Sparrow - Aimophila notosticta
Oaxaca Sparrow
Aimophila notosticta
Oaxaca Valley, Mexico.
Endemic to arid valleys of Oaxaca in southern Mexico. Similar to the previous species, with more black in the face and darker streaking on the back. (S5)


Prevost's Ground-Sparrow - Melozone biarcuata
Prevost's Ground-Sparrow
Melozone biarcuata hartwegi
North of Mapastepec, Chiapas state, Mexico.
This is a totally different bird from the one that occurs in the highlands of Costa Rica, but somehow they have ended up being considered the same species. Here's a link to a photo of the Costa Rica race cabanisi. (S5)


White-throated Towhee - Melozone albicollis
White-throated Towhee
Melozone albicollis albicollis
Monte Alban, Oaxaca state, Mexico.
Endemic to arid valleys of soutern Mexico. (S5)


Collared Towhee - Pipilo ocai
Collared Towhee
Pipilo ocai brunnescens
La Cumbre, Oaxaca, Mexico
This handsome finch is endemic to Mexico, inhabiting thickets and forest understory in the highlands. (S13)


Cinnamon-tailed Sparrow - Aimophila sumichrasti
Cinnamon-tailed Sparrow
Peucaea sumichrasti
West of Tehuantepec, Oaxaca, Mexico.
Sometimes also called Sumichrast's Sparrow. It is endemic to Mexico, inhabiting arid scrub in the southern part of the isthmus. (S13)


Cinnamon-tailed Sparrow - Aimophila sumichrasti
Cinnamon-tailed Sparrow
Peucaea sumichrasti
West of Tehuantepec, Oaxaca, Mexico.
(S5)


Stripe-headed Sparrow - Peucaea ruficauda
Stripe-headed Sparrow
Peucaea ruficauda ruficauda
La Ensenada Lodge, Guanacaste province, Costa Rica
A bird of arid scrub - it is quite common in drier parts of Mexico and Central America. (S6)


Bridled Sparrow - Peucaea mystacalis
Bridled Sparrow
Peucaea mystacalis
Highway 175 northeast of Oaxaca city, Oaxaca, Mexico.
This beautiful sparrow is enemic to arid interior valleys of south-central mexico west of the Isthmus. (S13)


Tumbes Sparrow - Rhynchospiza stolzmanni
Tumbes Sparrow
Rhynchospiza stolzmanni
Zapotillo, Loja province, Ecuador.
(S5)


Stripe-capped Sparrow - Rhynchospiza strigiceps
Stripe-capped Sparrow
Rhynchospiza strigiceps dabbenei
Lesser, Salta province, Argentina.
A rather local sparrow of dry woodland and scrub, found in northern Argentina and adjacent parts of southern Bolivia and Paraguay. (S8)


Grassland Sparrow - Ammodramus humeralis
Grassland Sparrow
Ammodramus humeralis xanthornis(?)
Reserva Ecologica de Guapi Assu, Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil.
(D2)


Yellow-browed Sparrow - Ammodramus aurifrons
Yellow-browed Sparrow
Ammodramus aurifrons aurifrons
Coca , Napo, Ecuador.
This is the common open-country sparrow throughout much of the Amazon drainage. It can occur well up the east slope of the Andes in open country. This photo was taken at about 1450 m elevation. (S11)


Rufous-collared Sparrow - Zonotrichia capensis
Rufous-collared Sparrow
Zonotrichia capensis subtorquata
Santuario de Caraça, Minas Gerais state, Brazil.
One of the most common and familiar birds of the neotropics, from southern Mexico to Tierra del Fuego. Here is one collecting nesting material. (S5)


Rufous-collared Sparrow - Zonotrichia capensis
Rufous-collared Sparrow
Zonotrichia capensis subtorquata
Itororó Lodge, Varginha, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
One of the most common and familiar birds of the neotropics, from southern Mexico to Tierra del Fuego. Here is one collecting nesting material. (S8)


Rufous-collared Sparrow - Zonotrichia capensis
Rufous-collared Sparrow
Zonotrichia capensis costaricensis
El Dorado reserve, Santa Marta Mountains, Magdalena department, Colombia.
(S5)


Yellow-eyed Junco - Junco phaeonotus
Yellow-eyed Junco
Junco phaeonotus phaeonotus
San Cristóbal-Tzomtehuitz road, Chiapas, Mexico
(S13)


Volcano Junco - Junco vulcani
Volcano Junco
Junco vulcani
Cerro de la Muerte, San José province, Costa Rica.
This is the southernmost junco in the world, occuring only in páramo in the highest reaches of the Talamanca range from southern Costa Rica to western Panama. (S5)




Common Chlorospingus (Bush-Tanager) - Chlorospingus flavopectus
Common Chlorospingus (Bush-Tanager)
Chlorospingus flavopectus argentinus
Parque Provincial Potrero de Yala, Jujuy province, Argentina.
There is huge racial variation in Common Bush-Tanagers, and further study could show that some are better considered separate species. This is the southernmost subspecies, argentinus. (S8)


Common Chlorospingus (Bush-Tanager) - Chlorospingus flavopectus
Common Chlorospingus (Bush-Tanager)
Chlorospingus flavopectus regionalis
Cataratas del Toro, Alajuela province, Costa Rica.
This is one of the subspecies of the "postocularis group", found from southern Mexico to Panama. (S8)


Common Chlorospingus (Bush-Tanager) - Chlorospingus flavopectus
Common Chlorospingus (Bush-Tanager)
Chlorospingus flavopectus postocularis
Tacaná volcano, San Marcos department, Guatemala.
Another one of the "postocularis group"; this subspecies is found in western Guatemala and bordering areas of Mexico. (S5)


Common Chlorospingus (Bush-Tanager) - Chlorospingus flavopectus
Common Chlorospingus (Bush-Tanager)
Chlorospingus flavopectus wetmorei
Sierra de los Tuxtlas, Veracruz state, Mexico.
This race is endemic to the Tuxtlas mountain range of Mexico; it is similar to the nominate race, which I don't have a photo of yet. Note the white supraloral. (S5)


Dusky Chlorospingus (Bush-Tanager) - Chlorospingus semifuscus
Dusky Chlorospingus (Bush-Tanager)
Chlorospingus semifuscus semifuscus
Tandayapa Valley, Pichincha province, Ecuador.
A Chocó endemic; probably a juvenile from the obvious gape. (S8)


Sooty-capped Chlorospingus (Bush-Tanager) - Chlorospingus pileatus
Sooty-capped Chlorospingus (Bush-Tanager)
Chlorospingus pileatus pileatus
Trogon Lodge, San José province, Costa Rica.
Endemic to the highlands of Costa Rica and Panama. (S8)


Yellow-throated Chlorospingus (Bush-Tanager) - Chlorospingus flavigularis
Yellow-throated Chlorospingus (Bush-Tanager)
Chlorospingus flavigularis marginatus
Milpe Bird Sanctuary, Pichincha province, Ecuador.
(S8)


Yellow-green Chlorospingus (Bush-Tanager) - Chlorospingus flavovirens
Yellow-green Chlorospingus (Bush-Tanager)
Chlorospingus flavovirens
La Unión, Esmeraldas province, Ecuador.
A rare and local species of wet, foothill rainforest in the Chocó region in northwestern Ecuador and western Colombia. This is one of very few photos in existance of this bird. (S8)


Ashy-throated Chlorospingus (Bush-Tanager) - Chlorospingus canigularis
Ashy-throated Chlorospingus (Bush-Tanager)
Chlorospingus canigularis paulus
Buenaventura, El Oro province, Ecuador
A species found locally in Andean cloudforest as well as cloudforests of Panama and Costa Rica. (S8)














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