Olive Sparrow

Arremonops rufivirgatus

The Olive Sparrow’s preferred habitat is dense thorny scrublands. They range from southern Texas to Central America and are non migratory. Their songs are reminiscent of the bouncing ball song of the Black-Chinned Sparrow, and their appearance is like a Green-Tailed Towhee. They spent most of their time on or near the ground, both when foraging for seeds and the occasional insect, and when nesting.

Scientists have identified eight subspecies of Olive Sparrow. A. r. rufivirgatus is resident in the lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas and Mexico. We find A. r. crassirostris living in Vera Cruz, Puebla, and Oaxaca (Mexico). A. r. verticalis lives in the Mexican Yucatan and northern Central America. A. r. rhyptothorax lives on the northern edge of the Yucatan Peninsula. A. r. sinaloae lives on the Mexican west coast in Sinaloa and Nayarit. We find A. r. sumichrasti living in from Jalisco to Oaxaca (Mexico). A. r. chiapensis lives in Chiapas (Mexico). A. r. superciliosus lives in Central America.

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