French: Sporophile à bec fort German: Dickschnabelspelzer Spanish: Semillero piquigrueso
Oryzoborus angolensis funereus
P. L. Sclater
Suchapam, Oaxaca, Mexico
Subspecies and Distribution
S. f. funerea
(P. L. Sclater, 1860) – SE Mexico (S Veracruz) S in Caribbean lowlands to Nicaragua.
S. f. salvini
(Ridgway, 1884) – S Nicaragua, Costa Rica (except extreme SW) and Caribbean coast of Panama.
S. f. ochrogyne
Olson, 1981 – SW Costa Rica, and Pacific slope of Panama to W & N Colombia (E to Magdalena Valley and Guajira Peninsula) and extreme NW Venezuela (W shores of L Maracaibo).
S. f. fractor
Olson, 2007 – Coiba I (off S Veraguas, Panama).
S. f. aethiops
(P. L. Sclater, 1860) – SW Colombia (Nariño) and W Ecuador.
10·7–12·5 cm; 12·8–13·9 g. Small, with large, very deep-based bill (larger than Sporophila). Male nominate race is all black... read more
A series of sweet, slurred whistles and warbles, “techu techu chu chi techu chu chi...... read more
Humid forest edge, grassy and shrubby fields with scattered shrubs and trees, second growth and... read more
Food and feeding
Feeds on grass seeds, including hard-shelled seeds of a grass in genus Olyra. Forages in dense vegetation; flicks wings and tail... read more
Season Apr–Sept in Middle America and May–Oct in Colombia. Nest a slight cup of rootlets, fibres and grasses, lined with finer... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally fairly common; common on Coiba I, off S Panama; uncommon to rare in Mexico. Apparently increasing in numbers in Darién, Panama,... read more
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