French: Sporophile noir et blanc German: Trauerspelzer Spanish: Semillero negriblanco
Andes from W Venezuela S through Colombia, Ecuador and Peru to Bolivia (La Paz, Cochabamba and Santa Cruz).
11 cm; average 12·5 g (Peru). Male has head to breast black, thin but noticeable white crescent below eye; upperparts, including upperwing and tail, black, bases of... read more
Song rather unusual-sounding, not melodic, almost reminiscent of an icterid, 2 harsh notes followed... read more
Grassy areas at forest edge, also roadside pastures and shrubbery. Subtropical zone on lower Andean... read more
Food and feeding
Seeds; appears to some extent to be somewhat dependent on bamboo (Chusquea) seeding. Forages in manner typical of genus, clinging... read more
In Colombia males in breeding condition during Sept (Santander and Boyaca) and juveniles present in Apr (Antioquia). Said to be loosely... read more
Little information. Possibly engages in seasonal elevational movements; perhaps to some extent... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Uncommon to locally fairly common, and patchy in distribution. Has relatively large range. This species’ liking for second-growth edge may lead to... read more
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