Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Pearly-bellied Seedeater (Sporophila pileata)


French: Sporophile à ceinture perle German: Weißwangenspelzer Spanish: Semillero capirotado

Sporophila pileata

P. L. Sclater

, 1865,

Borda do Mato, eastern São Paulo, Brazil


Until recently considered conspecific with S. bouvreuil, but detailed mapping has demonstrated a considerable area of sympatry#R while subsequent genetic analysis has determined that bouvreuil is probably sister to the “S capuchino” clade within which present species sits#R; intriguingly, however, no obvious vocal differences have been identified in available recordings, although more recent study indicates such differences while confirming a modest genetic distinctiveness in bouvreuil but not between present species and four other “capuchinos” investigated (see S. hypoxantha). Monotypic.


S Brazil (Mato Grosso and SW Minas Gerais) S through E Paraguay to NE Argentina (Corrientes and Misiones)#R, locally to N Uruguay; also recorded in Bolivia (Santa Cruz).

Descriptive notes

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Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J. & Collar, N. (2019). Pearly-bellied Seedeater (Sporophila pileata). 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 19 May 2019).