Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Chestnut-bellied Seed-finch (Sporophila angolensis)


French: Sporophile curio German: Braunbauchspelzer Spanish: Semillero curió

Loxia angolensis


, 1766,

Angola; error = eastern Brazil


Previously usually treated in Oryzoborus. See S. funerea. Proposed race theobromae (known from two specimens from upper Magdalena Valley in Tolima and Huila, in Colombia) is synonymized with torrida. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • S. a. torrida (Scopoli, 1769) – E & SE Colombia, Venezuela, Trinidad and Tobago, the Guianas, and Amazonian Brazil S to lowlands of E Ecuador and E Peru.
  • S. a. angolensis (Linnaeus, 1766) – C & E Brazil (Mato Grosso, Goiás and Piauí S to Rio Grande do Sul) to N & E Bolivia (Beni and Santa Cruz), Paraguay and extreme NE Argentina (Misiones).
  • Descriptive notes

    10·6–12·4 cm; 11·4–14·5 g. A medium-sized, heavy-billed finch. Male has entire head down to breast and all of upperparts, including... read more


    Song a fairly long series of musical whistled notes, interspersed with chattering notes, and often... read more


    Shrubby or grassy clearings in forest and edges, deciduous forest and second growth. Sea-level to... read more

    Food and feeding

    Little information. Diet seeds and insects. Gleans grass seeds by clinging to long stems that bend over, or by hopping on ground. Generally... read more


    Season Feb–Aug in N and Sept–Feb in S. Nest flimsy, a deep cup of fine reddish grasses and vines, usually placed fairly near... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Generally fairly common in most parts of its very large range. Rare in Trinidad. Records from Tobago are thought to refer to escaped captives. Highly... read more

    Recommended citation

    Rising, J. & Jaramillo, A. (2020). Chestnut-bellied Seed-finch (Sporophila angolensis). 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 3 April 2020).