French: Sporophile faux-bouvron German: Weißbartspelzer Spanish: Semillero de Lesson
no locality = Trinidad
N Colombia (N & E of Andes), W, C & N Venezuela, the Guianas, Trinidad and Tobago. Most migrate S to N Amazonia in Brazil, SE Colombia, E Ecuador, NE Peru and Bolivia (Beni and Santa Cruz).
10–11 cm; 8–11 g. Tiny seedeater with thick bill approximately as long as it is deep, with distinct rounded culmen. Male has matt black head to throat, large... read more
Song begins with a few harsh notes and then changes into melodious notes, “chaw, chee... read more
Grassy clearings and shrubby areas, often near water in tropical zone. Likes edges of woodland when... read more
Food and feeding
Mostly grass seeds. Forages in typical manner, gripping grass stalk while extracting seeds. May forage also on ground. In flocks outside... read more
Season Apr–Nov. Territorial; male sings persistently from perches on small trees or larger bushes. Nest a loose cup of dry grasses and... read more
Highly migratory. After breeding, most vacate N breeding grounds and spread throughout N Amazonia... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Uncommon to fairly common within breeding range. Locally abundant, e.g. in W Venezuela (parts of SW Portuguesa).
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