Green-backed Sparrow (Arremonops chloronotus)

Green-backed Sparrow

[order] PASSERIFORMES | [family] Emberizidae | [latin] Arremonops chloronotus | [UK] Green-backed Sparrow | [FR] Bruant a dos verdatre | [DE] Grunrucken-Ammer | [ES] Gorrion Dorsiverde | [NL] Groenruggors


Genus Species subspecies Breeding Range Breeding Range 2 Non Breeding Range
Arremonops chloronotus MA se Mexico to Honduras
Arremonops chloronotus chloronotus
Arremonops chloronotus twomeyi

Physical charateristics

The male has a white chest and belly with a black band which is lacking in the female. Male has sides and flanks grey and the shoulder area of the wing is conspicuously yellow. The bill is black.

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Middle America : Southeast Mexico to Honduras


Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests. It lives alone or in dispersed pairs in rain forests, at the edges of forests and in mature capoeiras.


It builds a spacious, spherical, closed nest, laying two eggs at a time. The female, when scared from the nest will feign injury to divert predators from the nest.

Feeding habits

Forages in pairs by hopping along the ground, tossing leaves in search of small insects and spiders.


This species has a large range, with an estimated global extent of occurrence of 6,900,000 km2. The global population size has not been quantified, but it is believed to be large as the species is described as ‘frequent’ in at least parts of its range (Stotz et al. 1996). Global population trends have not been quantified, but the species is not believed to approach the thresholds for the population decline criterion of the IUCN Red List (i.e., declining more than 30% in ten years or three generations). For these reasons, the species is evaluated as Least Concern.
It is found in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, French Guiana, Guyana, Peru, Suriname, and Venezuela.
Green-backed Sparrow status Least Concern


Sedentary throughout range

Distribution map

Green-backed Sparrow distribution range map

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