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; 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
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
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