P. L. Sclater, 1860,
Playa Vicente, Oaxaca, Mexico.
Groups with S. ophthalmica, S. intermedia, S. americana and S. murallae. Hitherto treated as conspecific with S. ophthalmica, and previously with S. americana. When lumped with ophthalmica it was commonly known as “Variable Seedeater” and formerly referred to as S. aurita, but type of this name is lost and anyway unidentifiable, as it originates from Canal Zone of Panama, where present species and S. o. hicksii interbreed; “aurita” thus applies to resultant hybrids. Monotypic.
S Mexico (S Veracruz and N Oaxaca), Guatemala and Belize S on Caribbean slope to Costa Rica and W Panama (Bocas del Toro).
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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