Pectoral Sparrow (Arremon taciturnus)

Pectoral Sparrow

[order] Passeriformes | [family] Emberizidae | [latin] Arremon taciturnus | [UK] Pectoral Sparrow | [FR] Tohi silencieux | [DE] Schwarzbrust-Ruderammer | [ES] Tohi silencieux | [IT] Passero dal collare nero | [NL] Groenruggors


Genus Species subspecies Breeding Range Breeding Range 2 Non Breeding Range
Arremon taciturnus SA nw SA, Amazonia
Arremon taciturnus axillaris
Arremon taciturnus nigrirostris
Arremon taciturnus taciturnus

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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It is found in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, French Guiana, Guyana, Peru, Suriname, and Venezuela.


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.
Pectoral Sparrow status Least Concern


Sedentary throughout range

Distribution map

Pectoral Sparrow range map


Title Ecological relationships between feather mites (Acari) and wild birds of
Emberizidae (Aves) in a fragment of Atlantic Forest in northeastern Brazil
Author(s): Rachel M. de Lyra-Neves Angela M. Isidro de Farias & Wallace R. Telino-Junior
Abstract: The objective of this study was to investigate fea..[more]..
Source: Revista Brasileira de Zoologia 20 (3): 481-485, 2003

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