Five-striped Sparrow

Amphispiza quinquestriata

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Emberizids (Emberizidae)

Code 4

FSSP

Code 6

AIMQUI

ITIS

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ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Five-striped Sparrow is native to the United States and Mexico. This is a terrestrial bird species that has a range of about 150,000 square kilometers. The population of the Five-striped Sparrow could be as high as half a million individual birds. At this time, the Five-striped Sparrow is classified as Least Concern. In 2000, this bird species was classified as Lower Risk. Today that classification has been downgraded to Least Concern and there are not any known threats which would immediately endanger the population or the range of the Five-striped Sparrow.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Five-striped Sparrow: Medium sparrow, dark, gray-brown upperparts, gray underparts, white belly. Head has thin white eyebrow and eye-ring, and black-and-white throat stripes. Pink-gray legs, feet. Short flights, alternates rapid wing beats with brief periods of wings pulled to sides.


Range and Habitat

Five-striped Sparrow: Small range in western Mexico and far southern Arizona. They were unknown in the United States until the 1950s, when nesting birds were found in several locations in far southern Arizona. Found in areas of dense shrubbery and ocotillo in the Arizona portion of their range, and use similar habitats, as well as dry open woods in the Mexican part of their range.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Voice Text

"serr-it-chee-chee-it-ts-chee-chee-it-serr-serr","sik"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The rarest breeding sparrow in the continental United States is the Five-striped Sparrow, which is found only in the extreme southern portions of Arizona.
  • They have the largest known song repertoire in the Aimophila family.
  • This species is a regular victim of cowbird nest parasites.
  • A group of sparrows has many collective nouns, including a "crew", "flutter", "meinie", "quarrel", and "ubiquity" of sparrows.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP

CERange Map for Five-striped Sparrow

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Samira Belous

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UnderpartsX

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

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.
EyebrowX
Also called the supercilicum or superciliary it is the arch of feathers over each eye.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X