Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Drab Seedeater (Sporophila simplex)


Taxonomy

French: Sporophile simple German: Schlichtspelzer Spanish: Semillero simple
Taxonomy:

Spermophila simplex

Taczanowski

, 1874,

Lima, Peru

.

Monotypic.

Distribution:

S Ecuador (S Azuay and Loja) and W Peru (upper Marañón Valley and lower Andean slopes from La Libertad S to Ica).

Descriptive notes

11–11·5 cm. A medium-sized seedeater with rounded bill. Male breeding is greyish-brown above, darker on upperwing and tail; median and greater upper­wing-coverts tipped... read more

Voice

Song a variable rich jumble of warbles and buzzes, similar to that of S. peruviana but... read more

Habitat

Arid scrub, shrubby zones and agricultural sites; 500–2500 m in N of range, down to sea-level in S.

Food and feeding

Feeds on grass seeds while these still on the stem. Generally in flocks outside presumed wet-season breeding period.

Breeding

No information.

Movements

Sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Tumbesian Region EBA and Peru–Chile Pacific Slope EBA. Fairly common. Relatively poorly known species. Habitat... read more

Recommended citation

Jaramillo, A. (2017). Drab Seedeater (Sporophila simplex). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/62125 on 21 November 2017).