French: Sporophile petit-louis German: Zwergspelzer Spanish: Semillero pechirrufo
Subspecies and Distribution
S. m. parva
(Lawrence, 1883) – arid Pacific lowlands from W Mexico (Nayarit) S to Nicaragua and extreme N Costa Rica.
S. m. centralis
Bangs & T. E. Penard, 1918 – SW Costa Rica and Pacific slope of Panama.
S. m. minuta
(Linnaeus, 1758) – N Colombia S to NW Ecuador, E to Venezuela, Trinidad, Tobago, the Guianas, and N Brazil (NW Amazonas, N Roraima, and Amapá S to N Pará).
8·6–9·6 cm; 7–9 g. A tiny seedeater. Male nominate race has crown and face mid-grey, this colour continuing to back, which is diffusely streaked... read more
Song simple, but sweet and plaintive, “see-seeur tee-te-e-e-e, seeeeur tse-e-e-e-e”, in... read more
Open spaces, often on roadsides, in parks and near dwellings; in bramble (Rubus) and wild... read more
Food and feeding
Overall, a specialist on grass seeds; in Venezuela may feed on soft unripe seeds of Digitaria grasses. May vary diet with some... read more
Season Jun–Aug in Central America; mainly Apr–Sept in Colombia. Monogamous. Nest a simple but coarse open cup of grasses, stiff grasses... read more
Mostly sedentary. If grass-seed stock low, as in a period of drought or during a long dry season,... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Often common or abundant in appropriate habitat in much of range; rarer and more local in Ecuador.
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