French: Sporophile à ailes blanches German: Wechselspelzer Spanish: Semillero aliblanco
J. F. Gmelin
Cayenne, French Guiana
Subspecies and Distribution
S. a. americana
(J. F. Gmelin, 1789) – NE Venezuela (Sucre S to Delta Amacuro) E to the Guianas and N Brazil (Amapá and NE Pará); also Tobago.
S. a. dispar
Todd, 1922 – middle and lower R Amazon from Manacapuru on N bank and R Juruá on S bank E to Santarém (Brazil).
10–11 cm; 10–14 g. A relatively stocky seedeater with large, short and deep bill. Male nominate race has black head contrasting with white band across side of neck running... read more
Song pleasant and musical, although nasal, and generally lasting for several seconds; consists of... read more
Forest edge and second growth, often near mangrove swamps. Lowlands, mainly on coastal plain, to 50... read more
Food and feeding
Feeds on seeds of grasses, sedges (Cyperaceae) and weeds, with preference for Paspalum and Panicum maximum; also takes... read more
Recorded in Jan. Nest resembles that of S. intermedia, made of stems and tendrils, lined with fine black fibres that create “... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Uncommon to rare; probably most common in Guyana. A 1934 report of nominate race from Chacachacare I (off NW Trinidad) considered of doubtful... read more
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