Living Bird Magazine
Rufous-winged SparrowPeucaea carpalis
- ORDER: Passeriformes
- FAMILY: Passerellidae
Uncommon and sparsely distributed, the Rufous-winged Sparrow resides in the Sonoran Desert of southern Arizona and northern Mexico. It times its nesting attempts with the onset of the summer rains.More ID Info
- Chingolo Alirrufo (Spanish)
- Bruant à épaulettes (French)
- Cool Facts
- Rufous-winged Sparrow pairs remain on their territories year-round and stay bonded for life.
- The Rufous-winged Sparrow was first described in 1872 from specimens taken in Arizona. From 1886 to 1915 it was not recorded in the state.
- The Rufous-winged Sparrow may depend more on rainfall as a stimulus for nesting than any other North American bird. It typically nests after summer rains have begun, often building a nest and laying its first egg within five or six days after the first rain.
- The oldest Rufous-winged Sparrow was a male, and at least 6 years old when he was recaptured and rereleased during banding operations in Alaska.