French: Sporophile perroquet German: Papageischnabelspelzer Spanish: Semillero peruano
Subspecies and Distribution
S. p. devronis
(J. P. Verreaux, 1852) – W Ecuador (from Manabí) S along coast to NW Peru (Tumbes).
S. p. peruviana
(Lesson, 1842) – coast of Peru from La Libertad S to Ica.
10·5–12·5 cm; mean 12·6 g. Largely typical seedeater in its small size, but with massively thick bill showing distinct rounded culmen and slightly... read more
Male song, from hidden perch, relatively short in duration, nasal and harsh, of only 2–3... read more
Arid shrubby areas, hedgerows in agricultural areas or villages, overgrown fields and grassy areas... read more
Food and feeding
Grass seeds. Forages usually on ground, unlike congeners. Singly, in pairs and in small groups; in larger flocks during non-breeding season... read more
Breeds during Feb–Apr wet season; in wet years may be multiple-brooded. Male sings persistently during breeding season, but difficult to... read more
Generally sedentary. Seasonal variations in numbers and concentrations suggest that some local... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Fairly common to common. Has narrow range, although distribution covers a wide latitudinal span. May benefit from agriculture in desert areas.
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