French: Sporophile de Morelet German: Schwarzbrustspelzer Spanish: Semillero cuelliblanco
Guatemala = Petén
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.
9·5–11·2 cm; 6·3–12 g. Small to tiny seedeater. Male breeding nominate race has head and side of face black, contrasting white crescent below eye, full white collar across... read more
Song high-pitched and canary-like, a clear “sweet sweet sweet cheer cheer cheer chee swee swee r r... read more
Open grassy areas, often near water or in floodplains: pastures, roadsides, weedy fields, moist... read more
Food and feeding
Eats mainly grass seeds, insects and spiders, augmented with occasional berries. Will jump into air to catch flying insects. Usually in... read more
Commences in late Mar/Apr and continues into summer in S Texas; begins in Apr in N Central America. Nest built by female, taking 5–6 days,... read more
Considered to be sedentary, although northern populations of S USA and N Mexico may withdraw... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Common to fairly common; abundant in many parts of its range. In extreme N of range, in S Texas, populations have declined steeply... read more
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