Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Dubois's Seedeater (Sporophila ardesiaca)


French: Sporophile de Dubois German: Flankenfleckenspelzer Spanish: Semillero de Dubois

Spermophila ardesiaca

A. J. C. Dubois

, 1894,



Taxonomic status not clearly understood: seems to be very closely related to S. nigricollis, possibly conspecific and perhaps even a morph (songs reported as essentially identical); supposed ranges of the two apparently overlap broadly, and they have syntopic breeding distributions. Unsampled in recent molecular studies; research clearly required. Monotypic.


SE Brazil in extreme SE Bahia, Espírito Santo, extreme E Minas Gerais and Rio de Janeiro, also Goiás#R.

Descriptive notes

11 cm. Male has head to nape and down to breast black, upperparts greyish, inconspicuous darker streaking on back; upper­wing and tail brownish, upperwing-coverts and... read more


Song a loud and melodious warble with some doubled notes and an accented or different ending, “... read more


Shrubby and grassy clearings, and roadsides; sea-level to 800 m.

Food and feeding

Diet largely grass seeds. Forages mostly while clinging to grass stem. Found in small flocks, not uncommonly with S. nigricollis.


No information.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Uncommon to locally common; rather poorly known. Research required in order to confirm this seedeater’s taxonomic status, enabling appropriate... read more

Recommended citation

Jaramillo, A. (2020). Dubois's Seedeater (Sporophila ardesiaca). 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 February 2020).