Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

White-naped Seedeater (Sporophila fringilloides)


French: Sporophile à nuque blanche German: Spitzschnabelspelzer Spanish: Semillero nuquiblanco

Oryzoborus (?) fringilloides


, 1870,

Rio Xié, upper Rio Negro, Brazil


Formerly treated in genus Dolospingus, but molecular studies initially found it to form a monophyletic group with S. nigricollis, S. caerulescens and S. luctuosa#R and subsequently (with the inclusion of S. frontalis) determined it to be sister to S. frontalis#R; however, in most recent review it was left in sequence with the first three species#R. Monotypic.


SE Colombia (Guainía and Vaupés), S Venezuela (Amazonas) and NW Brazil (N Amazonas E to Presidente Figueiredo, possibly also C Roraima); also S Guyana.

Descriptive notes

13–13·5 cm; c. 12–13 g. A slim seedeater with elongate body structure, tail relatively long, long and triangular bill thick at base. Male has black hood reaching down to most... read more


Male song, from exposed perch (often tree snag) usually 2–4 m above ground, loud, fast and musical... read more


Clearings with low scrub and isolated dead trees in white-sand forest, also taller forest edge, and... read more

Food and feeding

Stomach contents reveal a mainly granivorous diet, but feeds also on insects; an observation of males and females foraging on mistletoe... read more


Season appears to span Aug–Apr (end of rainy season to end of dry season) in S Guyana. No other information.


Not well known; presumably resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Relatively rare and little known. Recently discovered in extreme S Guyana, as well as in E Amazonas (Presidente Figueiredo), in Brazil. Has fairly... read more

Recommended citation

Jaramillo, A. (2020). White-naped Seedeater (Sporophila fringilloides). 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 20 January 2020).