Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Caqueta Seedeater (Sporophila murallae)


French: Sporophile du Caqueta German: Graubauchspelzer Spanish: Semillero de Caquetá

Sporophila murallæ


, 1915,

La Muralla [= Morelia], 600 feet [c. 180 m], Caquetá, Colombia


Groups with S. corvina, S. americana and S. intermedia; has been treated as conspecific with the first two, and thought to be sister to S. americana. Monotypic.


SE Colombia (in upper R Amazon region), E Ecuador and NE Peru, also adjacent W Brazil; recently recorded NE Bolivia (N Beni).

Descriptive notes

10 cm. A relatively stocky seedeater with short, deep bill. Male has black head contrasting with white band across side of neck running from side of nape to join white... read more


Song a pleasant warble, not hurried, but relatively quick, “tweet weet twa tweet, tw-weet twaa... read more


Lowland riverine scrub, also openings at edge of forest and secondary forest; also pastureland with... read more

Food and feeding

Feeds on seeds of grasses and weeds, with preference for Paspalum and Panicum maximum. Usually in pairs; sometimes... read more


No information.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Uncommon, but widespread. Recently recorded for first time in Bolivia. Degradation of primary forest may be helping this species to spread, as it... read more

Recommended citation

Jaramillo, A. (2020). Caqueta Seedeater (Sporophila murallae). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 25 February 2020).