Family Old World Buntings (Emberizidae)

Critically Endangered

Carrizal Seedeater (Amaurospiza carrizalensis)

Following the taxonomy applied to HBW Alive, derived from the HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World, this taxon is now lumped within Blue Seedeater (Amaurospiza moesta).


French: Sporophile de Carrizal German: Carrizalpfäffchen Spanish: Semillero de Carrizal

Amaurospiza carrizalensis

Lentino and Restall

, 2003,

Isla Carrizal, River Caroní, Bolívar, Venezuela


Molecular data indicate that genus may belong in the cardinal family (Cardinalidae), rather than in present one. Monotypic.


Lower R Caroní basin (N Bolívar), in Venezuela.

Descriptive notes

12 cm; 12–14 g. A compact finch, with bill of substantial size and with slightly curved culmen, the longest-billed of the genus; cutting edge of bill bends downwards near... read more


Song a pleasant whistled warble, “sweet sweet pit-swee pit-swoo”.


Stands of spiny Guadua latifolia bamboo and Ripidocladus bamboo within tropical... read more

Food and feeding

Crop contents of the type series included insects, as well as vegetable items; insects appeared to be beetles of family Curculionidae. No... read more


No information.


No information.

Status and conservation

CRITICALLY ENDANGERED. Recently discovered species, confined to tiny area of SE Venezuela. Very poorly known. Nowhere common, and global range appears to be tiny. Area of... read more

Recommended citation

Jaramillo, A. & Sharpe, C.J. (2020). Carrizal Seedeater (Amaurospiza carrizalensis). 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 27 January 2020).