Five-striped Sparrow

Amphispiza quinquestriata

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

New World Sparrows and Towhees (Passerellida)

Code 4

FSSP

Code 6

AIMQUI

ITIS

Egg Color:

White



Number of Eggs:

3 - 4



Incubation Days:

12 - 13



Egg Incubator:

Female



Nest Location:

Atop grassy tussock, on ground, or low in bush., 0.5 - 4.5 feet above ground.



Nest Material:

Lined with finer materials., Rootlets and grasses.



Migration:

Migratory



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General

Five-striped Sparrow: Medium-sized sparrow with dark, gray-brown upperparts, gray underparts, and white belly. Head has white eyebrow and eye-ring, and black-and-white throat stripes. Sexes are similar.

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.

Breeding and Nesting

Five-striped Sparrow: Three to four white eggs are laid in a cup nest made of rootlets, grass, and finer materials, and built atop a grassy tussock, on the ground, or low in a bush. Incubation ranges from 12 to 13 days and is carried out by the female.

Foraging and Feeding

Five-striped Sparrow: Eats insects and seeds gleaned from the ground or foliage.

Vocalization

Five-striped Sparrow: Makes a trilled chipping phrase of "serr-it-chee-chee-it-ts-chee-chee-it-serr-serr." Call is a soft "sik" or a low clucking.

Similar Species

Five-striped Sparrow: Black-Throated Sparrow has completely black chin, throat, and breast; two white stripes on each side of head, white underparts with brown sides and flanks, brown upperparts, and white-edged tail.

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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