Rufous Collared Sparrow

Zonotrichia capensis

The Rufous Collared Sparrow is a sparrow species from the Passerellidae family. It has a striking appearance with a peaked crown, black and gray head pattern, bright rusty collar, and black chest patch. This species can be found in open and semiopen habitats, including villages, towns, and farmland with hedges and brushy thickets. It feeds on the ground and in bushes, often in flocks. Juvenile Rufous Collared Sparrows have a pattern similar to adults but with a streaked dusky breast. This species can be seen on the Manu Reserved Zone tour.

Photo: Alfredo Cornejo