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Rufous-collared Sparrow


Range is large, occurs through out parts of South America.  Parts of Central America and on some islands of the Carribean.


Savannah, scrub land, subtropical/tropical, tropical high altitude, pasture land


The adult has a stubby grey bill and a grey head with broad black stripes on the crown sides and thinner stripes through the eye and below the cheeks. The nape and breast sides are rufous and the upperpart are black-streaked buff-brown. There are two white wing bars. The throat is white, and the underparts are off-white, becoming brown on the flanks and with a black breast patch.


Incubation takes 12-14 days  The female builds a nest on the grou nd or low in a tree.

Interesting Facts:

There are between 25-29 subspiecies of sparrow

Rufous-collared Sparrow
Class: aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Emberizidae
Genus: Zonotrichia
Species: capensis
Length: 13.5 - 15 cm
Weight: 20-25 grams
Wild Diet: Seeds, insects
Zoo Diet: Seeds, greens, veggies, mealworms
Predators: Birds of prey(raptors), small carnivores, snakes
Where at the Zoo? Small Animal Building: Temperate Zone

Learn more about aves or animals from South America!
Or, cross-reference the two!

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