Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

White-collared Seedeater (Sporophila morelleti)


French: Sporophile de Morelet German: Schwarzbrustspelzer Spanish: Semillero cuelliblanco

Spermophila morelleti


, 1850,

Guatemala = Petén


Usually considered conspecific with S. torqueola, but differs in its double white wingbars (3); all-grey or white-edged grey vs broad cinnamon rump (3); either broad black breastband or no breastband vs narrow black breastband (2); paler (whitish to whitish-buff) underparts (ns[1]). Separation of race sharpei proposed#R, but this form highly variable, with many intermediates with nominate. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • S. m. sharpei Lawrence, 1889 – Sharpe's Seedeater – extreme S USA (lower Rio Grande Valley, in S Texas) and NE Mexico (Nuevo León and Tamaulipas S through E San Luis Potosí to N Veracruz).
  • S. m. morelleti (Bonaparte, 1850) – White-collared Seedeater – E Mexico (N Veracruz) S on Caribbean slope (including Mujeres I, off NE Quintana Roo), and on Pacific slope from El Salvador, to extreme W Panama.
  • S. m. mutanda Griscom, 1930 – S Mexico (S Chiapas) S to El Salvador.
  • Descriptive notes

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    Recommended citation

    del Hoyo, J. & Collar, N. (2019). White-collared Seedeater (Sporophila morelleti). 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 21 May 2019).