French: Sporophile gris-de-plomb German: Grauspelzer Spanish: Semillero plomizo
Campo Geral of inner Brazil = boundary between Bahia and Minas Gerais, eastern Brazil
Subspecies and Distribution
S. p. colombiana
(Sharpe, 1888) – S Chocó, lower Magdalena Valley and Santa Marta Mts, in N Colombia.
S. p. whiteleyana
(Sharpe, 1888) – NW, N & C Venezuela (Sierra de Perijá; Carabobo and Aragua; Bolívar and W Amazonas), llanos of E Colombia, the Guianas, and N Brazil (Roraima, and Amapá E to mouth of R Amazon).
S. p. plumbea
(Wied, 1830) – extreme SE Peru (Pampas del Heath), N Bolivia (Pando, Beni, Santa Cruz and La Paz), Brazil S of Amazon (Mato Grosso E to Piauí and C Bahia, S to Paraná and N Rio Grande do Sul), E Paraguay and NE Argentina (Misiones).
10·5–11 cm; 8·8–12 g. Tiny passerine with thick bill approximately as long as it is deep, with distinctly rounded culmen. Male nominate race is lead-grey above, pale lower... read more
Sweet song like that of a canary (Serinus) or siskin (Carduelis), two whistles... read more
Wet savanna and moist tropical grasslands; requires tall grass, and usually found near water or... read more
Food and feeding
Forages largely on grass seedheads; seeds of Andropogon grasses recorded in diet. Forages on ground or while perched on grass... read more
Birds in breeding condition during Nov and Dec in S Brazil. No other information.
Little known; possibly migratory in S part of range, as it disappears from those sites in austral... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Fairly numerous, but local and patchy in distribution. Rare in Peru. In Venezuela, most records from S Bolívar. In Brazil, few records S of Paraná.
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