Olive Sparrow

Arremonops rufivirgatus

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Emberizids (Emberizidae)

Code 4

OLSP

Code 6

ARRRUF

ITIS

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ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Olive Sparrow has an extensive range reaching up to 480,000 square kilometers. This bird can be found in Belize, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua and the United States where it inhabits a range of environments. It will appear in subtropical and tropical forests, dry or moist shrub lands and degraded former forests as well. The global population of this bird is estimated to be around 2,100,000 individuals. Currently, it is not believed that the population trends for this species will soon approach the minimum levels that could suggest a potential decline in population. Due to this, population trends for the Olive Sparrow have a present evaluation level of Least Concern.

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BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY

SUMMARY

Overview

Olive Sparrow: Medium-sized sparrow with olive-brown upperparts. Underparts are olive-gray on breast, sides, flanks and undertail coverts, and white on chin, throat and belly. Also has wide brown stripe on each side of crown and dark line through eye. Tail is rounded and dark brown.

 

Range and Habitat

Olive Sparrow: Found in southern Texas in the United States. In Mexico, it occurs in the states along the Atlantic and Pacific coasts and in the Yucatan Peninsula south to northern Belize. Also occurs in Pacific Coast region of Costa Rica. The species avoids coastal prairie and barrier island habitats. Preferred habitats include weedy thickets and thorn scrub.

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Voice Text

"chip, chip, chip-chip-chip-chip-chip", "speeee", "tsik"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Olive Sparrow is also known as "Green Finch" and "Texas Sparrow."
  • Although somewhat secretive, they can often be coaxed into view with squeaking.
  • It is the only sparrow with an olive back.
  • A group of Olive Sparrows are collectively known as a "bunch" of sparrows.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

About this North America Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across North America.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Irina Rud-Volga

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BIRDS AND BIRDING

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UnderpartsX

Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

Undertail covertsX
Small feathers that cover the areas where the retrices (tail feathers) attach to the rump.
UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
BellyX
The ventral part of the bird, or the area between the flanks on each side and the crissum and breast. Flight muscles are located between the belly and the breast.
BreastX
The upper front part of a bird.
ChinX
The area of the face just below the bill.
CrownX
The crown is the top part of the birds head.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X