Buntings and New World Sparrows (Emberizidae)

Black-capped Sparrow (Arremon abeillei) - HBW 16, p. 574

French: Tohi d’Abeillé German: Kapuzenbuschammer Spanish: Cerquero Coroninegro
Other common names: Slaty-backed Sparrow (abeillei); Maranon Sparrow (nigriceps)

Taxonomy: Arremon abeillei Lesson, 1844, Guayaquil, Ecuador.
Has been suggested as forming a superspecies with A. taciturnus, A. flavirostris, A. aurantiirostris and A. schlegeli. Distinctive race nigriceps possibly merits elevation to full species rank; further study required. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • abeillei Lesson, 1844 - SW Ecuador (from Manabí) S on Pacific slope to NW Peru (S to Cajamarca).
  • nigriceps Taczanowski, 1880 - upper Marañón Valley in E Cajamarca, in NW Peru.