French: Sporophile à ventre noir German: Schwarzbauchspelzer Spanish: Semillero ventrinegro
Itararé and Resaca, São Paulo, Brazil
SE Brazil (E Santa Catarina and NE Rio Grande do Sul); migrates N as far as C Goiás and W Minas Gerais.
10 cm; 8–10·5 g. Typical seedeater in shape and small size, with stubby, rounded bill. Male breeding has head down to malar region blue-grey, sometimes with tiny white spot... read more
Song begins with one or two buzzy trills followed by a long, high descending note, which sounds as... read more
Old tall grassland adjacent to wetlands or moist swales, at 700–1000 m; lower in non-breeding... read more
Food and feeding
Grass seeds. Clings to grass stem while extracting the seeds. Forages in pairs and in small groups.
Season Nov–Mar. Nests, built by female only, are small cups made of grass fibers, mostly of Eragrostis arioides, connected... read more
Migratory; arrival on breeding grounds in Oct–Nov, departure Feb–Mar. Details of migration remain... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Locally common; has tiny breeding range. Thought to be undergoing a moderately rapid population decline,... read more
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