Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Band-tailed Seedeater (Catamenia analis)


French: Cataménie maculée German: Spiegelsamenfresser Spanish: Semillero colifajado

Linaria analis

d’Orbigny and Lafresnaye

, 1837,

Sicasica and Cochabamba, Bolivia


Less closely related to C. inornata and C. homochroa than latter two are to each other#R. Division of races in HBW into N and S groups, based on strong (S) or weak/absent (N) white wingstripe, mistaken: variation in wingstripe strength is mosaic among taxa. Proposed race subinsignis (described from Sandillani, near La Paz City, in Bolivia) is synonymized with nominate. Seven subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. a. alpica Bangs, 1902 – Santa Marta Mts, in N Colombia.
  • C. a. schistaceifrons Chapman, 1915 – C parts of C & E Andes of Colombia.
  • C. a. soderstromi Chapman, 1924 – Ecuador (W slope and inter-Andean valleys).
  • C. a. analoides (Lafresnaye, 1847) – W slope of Andes of Peru (Piura S to Ayacucho).
  • C. a. griseiventris Chapman, 1919 – SW Peru (Cuzco S to Tacna).
  • C. a. insignis J. T. Zimmer, 1930 – E slope of Peruvian Andes (Cajamarca S to Ancash).
  • C. a. analis (d’Orbigny & Lafresnaye, 1837) – extreme N Chile (Arica–Parinacota), highland Bolivia (La Paz E to W Santa Cruz, S to Tarija), and NW & EC Argentina (Jujuy and Salta S to Mendoza and La Pampa, and highlands of Córdoba; also Sierra de la Ventana in SW Buenos Aires).
  • Descriptive notes

    12–14·5 cm; 10·3–16·6 g. A small emberizid with short conical bill as long as it is deep, but with only moderately rounded culmen. Male... read more


    Song a buzzy trill, “bzzzzzzzz” or “trrrrrrrr”, lasting c. 1 second,... read more


    Inhabits cultivated areas, including edge of agricultural fields, pastures, villages and edges of... read more

    Food and feeding

    Seeds, with apparent liking for seeds of composites; also eats berries and insects. Forages on ground and in low vegetation; often perches... read more


    Fledglings found in May (Moquegua) and Jun (Amazonas) in Peru and in Sept in Colombia (Boyacá); breeding appears to take place in Mar–May (... read more


    Largely resident. In C Argentina evidence of some downslope movements in winter, some reaching W... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Fairly common to common, and locally abundant. Has large range, high abundance, and no evidence of any significant population declines.

    Recommended citation

    Jaramillo, A. (2019). Band-tailed Seedeater (Catamenia analis). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 27 May 2019).