Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Cinnamon-rumped Seedeater (Sporophila torqueola)


French: Sporophile à col blanc German: Halsbandspelzer Spanish: Semillero torcaz

Spermophila torqueola


, 1850,

Ciudad de México, Mexico


Usually considered conspecific with S. morelleti (but see that species). Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • S. t. atriceps (S. F. Baird#R, 1867) – Pacific lowlands of Mexico from C & S Sinaloa and W Durango S to Nayarit and N Jalisco; S Baja California.
  • S. t. torqueola (Bonaparte, 1850) – C Mexico from Jalisco and Guanajuato E to Morelos and W Puebla, S to Colima, Michoacán, Guerrero and W & S Oaxaca.
  • Descriptive notes

    9·5–11·2 cm; 6·3–12 g. Small to tiny seedeater. Male nominate race has blackish-brown head contrasting with white band across side of neck... read more


    Song high-pitched and canary-like, a clear “sweet sweet sweet cheer cheer cheer” or... read more


    Open grassy areas, pastures, roadsides, weedy fields, moist savanna, and marshlands with tall... read more

    Food and feeding

    Eats mainly grass seeds, augmented with a few berries and insects. Will jump into air to catch flying insects. Usually in pairs; outside... read more


    Commences in late Mar/Apr and continues into summer in S Texas; begins in Apr in N Central America. Nest built by female, taking 5–6... read more


    Apparently sedentary.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Common to fairly common; abundant in many parts of its range. Has recently colonized S Baja California; unclear whether this is natural or through... read more

    Recommended citation

    Rising, J. (2019). Cinnamon-rumped Seedeater (Sporophila torqueola). 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 21 May 2019).