French: Sporophile télasco German: Braunkehlspelzer Spanish: Semillero gorjicastaño
Other common names:
Tumaco Seedeater (“S. insulata”)
vicinity of Lima, Peru
Pacific coast and coastal slope from S Colombia (SW Cauca) S through coastal lowlands of Ecuador (inland as far as S Loja) and Peru (where also in upper Marañón Valley) to N Chile (desert valleys of Arica–Parinacota).
10–10·5 cm; two males 8·4 g and 10·9 g. Typical seedeater, tiny and with thick bill approximately as long as it is deep, with distinct rounded... read more
Song a short and staccato musical warble, sometimes with sputter towards end, quality sharp and... read more
Shrubby and open areas, including edge of dry grassland, agricultural areas, desert oasis valleys,... read more
Food and feeding
Diet largely of grass seeds; feeds nestlings with grass seeds. Forages both on ground and, more usually, while perched on grass stalks or... read more
Breeds in Feb–May rainy season in Ecuador and Peru (in SW Ecuador 2–5 weeks later than sympatric S. peruviana);... read more
Resident; possibly some short local movements.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common to abundant throughout its range. Has a large range from N to S. Agriculture in desert areas is likely increasing the amount of suitable... read more
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