French: Sporophile à ventre blanc German: Zweifarbenspelzer Spanish: Semillero ventriblanco
Subspecies and Distribution
S. l. bicolor
(d’Orbigny & Lafresnaye, 1837) – Bicolored Seedeater – extreme SE Peru (Puno) and N & E Bolivia (La Paz, Beni and W & E Santa Cruz).
S. l. mexianae
Hellmayr, 1912 – S Suriname (Sipaliwini) and S Amapá and NE Pará (Mexiana I), at mouth of R Amazon, in Brazil.
S. l. leucoptera
(Vieillot, 1817) – Grey-backed Seedeater – C & S Brazil (Goiás and Minas Gerais S to Mato Grosso) S through Paraguay to N Argentina (Formosa, Chaco and Santa Fe).
S. l. cinereola
(Temminck, 1820) – E Brazil (C Maranhão E to Paraíba, S to Rio de Janeiro).
12–12·5 cm; 15–16 g. A comparatively large seedeater with relatively long tail and deep, very short, rounded bill, giving “pushed-in” look to... read more
Song of nominate race a repeated loud, ringing note, “cleeuu cleeuu cleeuu cleeuu cleeuu... read more
Shrubby thickets, also secondary-forest edge adjacent to patches of grass; always near water,... read more
Food and feeding
Seeds of grasses and other plants appear to be primary food; some insects eaten. In São Paulo (Brazil) young fed with seeds of the... read more
Season late Nov/Dec to mid-Feb in E Brazil. Nest cup-shaped, built from thin grass roots and spider silk, thin walls allowing contents to... read more
Not well studied. Considered mostly sedentary. In Santa Cruz (Bolivia) not present in all months,... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Tends to be relatively uncommon. Has large range, and believed not to be at immediate risk. Many local populations have been extirpated because of... read more
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