Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Vulnerable

Temminck's Seedeater (Sporophila falcirostris)


Taxonomy

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

Pyrrhula falcirostris

Temminck

, 1820,

Brazil

.

Monotypic.

Distribution:

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

Voice

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

Habitat

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

Breeding

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

Movements

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. (2017). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/62107 on 21 November 2017).