Cassin's Sparrow (Peucaea cassinii) - HBW 16, p. 568
French: Bruant de Cassin
Spanish: Chingolo de Cassin
Taxonomy: Zonotrichia cassinii Woodhouse, 1852, near San Antonio, Texas, USA.
Formerly placed in Aimophila, but molecular-genetic studies indicate that such treatment would make that genus polyphyletic. Closely related to P. aestivalis and P. botterii, all having aerial song displays; molecular analyses suggest that this group is close to a clade consisting of P. ruficauda, P. humeralis, P. mystacalis, P. sumichrasti and P. carpalis. Monotypic.
Distribution: Breeds from C & S USA (SW South Dakota, C Wyoming, E & C Colorado E to WC Kansas, and C Oklahoma, S to SW New Mexico, and S Texas) and N Mexico (S to N Chihuahua, S Coahuila, Zacatecas, San Luis Potosí, and SE Tamaulipas). Non-breeding SW USA (SE Arizona, SW New Mexico, W Texas, possibly also E Nevada) S in Mexico to S Sinaloa, San Luis Potosí, N Nuevo León and N Tamaulipas, rarely to Guanajuato.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
male singing toward camera Locality Bexar County, Texas, USA (United States) (Monotypic species)
Malcolm Mark Swan 3 May 2009 3 years ago 45 sec 4.5
male singing near white crowned sparrow Locality Bexar County, Texas, USA (United States) (Monotypic species)
Malcolm Mark Swan 3 May 2009 3 years ago 31 sec 3.7