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Sierra Madre Sparrow
14-15.2 cm. A medium-sized sparrow with very short wings.
Sexes similar, juveniles are duller than adults.
Found in two isolated areas in the Sierra Madre Occidental in Mexico; in Distrito Federal (around La Cima and Milpa Alta) and southern Durango (Ejido Ojo de Agua-El Cazador).
This is a monotypic species.
Occurs in pine savanna above 2800 m. Prefers medium and tall bunchgrass meadows (zacatÃ³n) interspersed with stands of pines. Also found in open pine-oak woodland. In Durango in dry marshes in tall grass.
Feeds on moths, caterpillars, flying ants, earthworms, beetles, spiders and grass seed.
Breeding recorded from June to August. The nest is built close to the ground in the middle of a clump of bunchgrass or between the clumps. Lays 3 eggs.
A sedentary species. There might be some short-distance post-breeding dispersal.
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