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; 8·6–10 g. Small to tiny seedeater. Nominate race breeding male has blackish-brown head contrasting with white band across side... read more


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


    Breeding noted Jan–Aug with single adults feeding fledglings in Oaxaca in Oct, where a nest with two eggs was found in third week of Jul.


    Apparently sedentary.

    Status and conservation

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

    Recommended citation

    Rising, J. & Sharpe, C.J. (2020). 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 28 February 2020).