French: Sporophile à front blanc German: Riesenspelzer Spanish: Semillero frentiblanco
J. P. Verreaux
Cayenne; error = Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
SE Brazil (from also S Bahia, Espírito Santo and SE Minas Gerais S to N Rio Grande do Sul), E Paraguay (Alto Paraná) and NE Argentina (Misiones).
12·5 cm; 19·8–21 g. Large seedeater, the largest of genus, with short, deep and strongly rounded bill. Male has head greyish, contrasting creamy and flaring eyebrow behind... read more
Song explosive and far-carrying, unmusical and grating, “jeje jet” or “cheh-cheh-chew!”; one less... read more
Lower growth of humid forest, as well as forest edge and shrubby and overgrown clearings adjacent... read more
Food and feeding
Feeds on various grass seeds, especially of bamboo; when seeding bamboo not available, may take larger insects (as suggested by this... read more
Breeding thus far recorded only during bamboo masting events, specifically those involving Guadua species. No other information.
Nomadic in search of seeding bamboo, but remains in general area of distribution throughout year.
Status and conservation
VULNERABLE. Uncommon to rare, and everywhere irregular. Global population estimated to be in range 2500–9999 individuals, and likely to be declining. Very patchily... read more
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