Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)


Tropeiro Seedeater (Sporophila beltoni)


French: Sporophile de Belton German: Tropeirospelzer Spanish: Semillero arriero

Sporophila beltoni

Repenning and Fontana

, 2013,

Rio Tainas Valley, 28°52’43.2” S, 50°27’34.7” W, 708 m asl, Jaquirana, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil


Yellow-billed birds found in extreme S range of (and otherwise largely resembling) S. plumbea have been assigned to that species for the best part of two centuries, but were recently shown to represent a distinct species, differing in their yellow vs black bills (3); bluish-grey vs plumbeous-grey plumage in male (1); larger size (effect size for bill height from published data#R 2.49, score 2); distinct habitat (grasslands with greater shrub density on dry and steeply sloping terrain vs grasslands with scattered sub-shrubs associated with mesic environments near poorly drained and flatter soils (1); song like plumbea’s but with clear (whistled) introductory syllables and unique call notes#R (at least 2). Monotypic.

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Araucaria forests of S Brazil (Paraná S to Rio Grande do Sul); migrates N to cerrado savannas of C Brazil (E Goiás, W & C Minas Gerais, SW Bahia)#R.

Descriptive notes

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Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J. & Collar, N. (2019). Tropeiro Seedeater (Sporophila beltoni). 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).