Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)


Temminck's Seedeater (Sporophila falcirostris)


French: Sporophile de Temminck German: Falzschnabelspelzer Spanish: Semillero picudo

Pyrrhula falcirostris


, 1820,





Extreme E Paraguay and NE Argentina (Misiones) and SE Brazil (from S Bahia S on coastal slope to São Paulo and Paraná.

Descriptive notes

11 cm. Typical seedeater with distinctive bill shape, having narrow and angular upper mandible bending over lower mandible that is at least twice as wide as upper one, with... read more


Song can be melodious, but ends with dominating high buzzy trill with electrical tone of a cicada (... read more


Secondary woodland and edge of forests where an abundance of bamboo in understorey; bamboo... read more

Food and feeding

Diet mostly bamboo seeds, sometimes seeds of giant sedge; occasionally insects. Prefers bamboo species in genus Guadua, but will... read more


Nest found in mid-Aug in Argentina (Iguazú), and birds singing and on territory in Jul in E Paraguay. One nest, built by female, was a cup-... read more


Nomadic, moves around to find seeding bamboo and then concentrates in areas where it is occurring;... read more

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Rare, sometimes uncommon. Generally rarer than sympatric S. frontalis, conversely, during masting events in S of range, in Argentina, may be frequent... read more

Recommended citation

Jaramillo, A. (2019). Temminck's Seedeater (Sporophila falcirostris). 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).