Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Lined Seedeater (Sporophila lineola)


French: Sporophile bouveron German: Diamantspelzer Spanish: Semillero overo

Loxia Lineola


, 1758,

Asia; error = Bahia, Brazil


See S. bouvronides. Monotypic.


NE Brazil (Maranhão and Piauí E to Rio Grande do Norte and Alagoas); and S of Amazon Basin in SE Bolivia (Tarija, Chuquisaca and Santa Cruz), Paraguay, N Argentina (S to Tucumán, Santiago del Estero and Santa Fe; recently also in Misiones) and S Brazil (C Mato Grosso do Sul E to N Rio de Janeiro, and S to C São Paulo; possibly also Paraná, Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul). Non-breeding visitor throughout N South America N to E Colombia, Venezuela, the Guianas, also E Ecuador, NE Peru and much of Brazil; probably regular on Tobago.

Descriptive notes

10–11 cm; 7·5–12 g. Tiny seedeater with thick bill approximately as long as it is deep, with distinctly rounded culmen. Male has most of head and throat black, wide white... read more


Songs differ geographically: in E of range (in caatinga) a trill followed by “tuweet” or a... read more


Breeds at edge of chaco woodland, caatinga, xeric forests and other patches of... read more

Food and feeding

Largely seeds; prefers grass seeds, and has been seen to feed on Echinochloa polystachya, Paspalum urvillei and ... read more


Has nested in May in NE Brazil (Piauí); season Feb–Mar in NW Argentina; Nov–Apr (peak in Jan) in SE Brazil (São... read more


Austral migrant, breeds S of equator, and spends non-breeding period as far N as Venezuela. Present... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Fairly common, rather local in occurrence. Uncommon non-breeder in French Guiana. Has relatively large breeding range. No particular... read more

Recommended citation

Jaramillo, A. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Lined Seedeater (Sporophila lineola). 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 23 February 2020).