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Photo by fbeeldens
La Cima, Mexico, December 2006
Oriturus superciliosus


16.5-18 cm. A large sparrow with a flat head and a rounded tail.

  • Rusty crown thinly streaked with black and with a pale buffy median crownstripe
  • Creamy white long broad supercilium
  • Black side of face
  • Grey nape streaked with black
  • Buffish-brown upperparts heavily streaked black, heaviest on mantle
  • Brown tail with buffy brown edges to feathers
  • Blackish-brown upperwings, two indistinct whitish wingbars
  • White throat, greyish-white underparts with paler belly, buffish wash on flanks and undertail-coverts
  • palliatus is paler and browner above, more greyish below and whiter on belly

Sexes similar, juveniles also similar but greyer and with thin black streaks on lower throat, breast, belly and flanks.


Highlands of estern and southern-central Mexico.
Locally common to fairly common.


Two subspecies recognized:

  • O. s. palliatus in western Mexico (Sierra Madre Occidental from Sonora to Nayarit)
  • O. s. superciliosus in the southern Central Plateau of Mexico


Found in grassland and openings in or near humid pine-oak forest and in wet meadows.
Occurs at 1500-3500 m.


Seen eating seeds and insects, also recorded feeding green plant material to fledged young.
Forages near the ground or low in vegetation.


Breeding season May to September. A monogamous species, probably loosely colonial. The nest is a cup made of dry grass, finer vegetation and sometimes hair. It's placed close to the ground, often in a thick bush. Lays 3 to 4 eggs.


This is a sedentary species.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2013. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.8., with updates to August 2013. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved July 2014)

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