Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

White-throated Seedeater (Sporophila albogularis)


French: Sporophile à gorge blanche German: Weißkehlspelzer Spanish: Semillero gorjiblanco

Loxia albogularis


, 1825,

Bahia, Brazil


See S. caerulescens (which see) for comment on visual similarity to that species. Monotypic.


NE Brazil from Piauí E to Pernambuco and S to N Bahia.

Descriptive notes

11 cm; 9·7 g. A typically small seedeater, with rather deep-based and thickly rounded bill. Male has crown and face blackish, upperparts dark greyish, upperwing and tail... read more


Song a long and persistent quick warble reminiscent of that of a siskin (Carduelis);... read more


Caatinga scrub, particularly where near moister sites, and dry woodland borders; 500–1200... read more

Food and feeding

Diet primarily grass seeds. Forages on ground; sometimes reaches seeds by perching on grass stems. In small groups outside breeding period.


Up to four broods per season. Cup-shaped nest of dry grass roots and spider webs, placed low down in shrub. Clutch 2 or 3 eggs, greenish-... read more


Probably resident. Records from S of range (Minas Gerais and Espírito Santo) thought to refer to... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Uncommon to locally fairly common in appropriate caatinga scrub. Fairly widely kept in captivity.

Recommended citation

Jaramillo, A. (2019). White-throated Seedeater (Sporophila albogularis). 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 14 December 2019).