French: Jacarini noir German: Jacarinitangare Spanish: Semillero volatinero
Subspecies and Distribution
V. j. splendens
(Vieillot, 1817) – Mexico (S from S Sonora, Sinaloa, Durango, S Tamaulipas and E San Luis Potosí) and Belize S through most of Central America to Colombia, Venezuela, the Guianas and the Amazon Basin; also Trinidad, Tobago and Grenada.
V. j. peruviensis
(Peale, 1848) – W Ecuador, W Peru and NW Chile.
V. j. jacarina
(Linnaeus, 1766) – S & E Brazil (S from Mato Grosso and Maranhão) S to SE Peru, E Bolivia, Paraguay and N Argentina (S to Mendoza, Córdoba and N Buenos Aires).
8·7–10·9 cm; 8–12 g. Tiny passerine, having longish conical bill with slightly and evenly curved culmen. Male nominate race has head, neck,... read more
Song an emphatic metallic “eee-slick”, or “bzeé-eep”, or buzzy... read more
Shrubby weedy fields and open thickets, field edges, grassy fields and roadsides, in lowlands; less... read more
Food and feeding
Diet mostly seeds, especially of grasses (in genera Paspalum and Panicum); also a few insects and berries, and ... read more
Season Apr–Oct in whole range, also Nov in NC Venezuela; late May or early Jun to late Aug in El Salvador; sometimes two or three... read more
Apparently sedentary; may move to lower areas from high elevations.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Generally common to abundant. Often very common, breeding in high densities, at optimum sites. Does well at edges of fields in... read more
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