French: Sporophile à col blanc German: Halsbandspelzer Spanish: Semillero torcaz
Ciudad de México, Mexico
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.
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.
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
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