French: Sporophile à ventre jaune German: Gelbbauchspelzer Spanish: Semillero ventriamarillo
Subspecies and Distribution
S. n. nigricollis
(Vieillot, 1823) – S Costa Rica and Panama to N, W & E Colombia and probably E Ecuador, E through Venezuela to Suriname, including S Lesser Antilles (Carriacou, Grenada), and Trinidad and Tobago; EC & E Brazil S to Mato Grosso and São Paulo, extreme E Bolivia (E Santa Cruz) and NE Argentina (Misiones).
S. n. vivida
Hellmayr, 1938 – SW Colombia (Nariño) and W Ecuador.
S. n. inconspicua
Berlepsch & Stolzmann, 1906 – Peruvian Andes S on W slope to Lambayeque and on E slope to Cuzco.
8·5–10·3 cm; 8·5–11·2 g. Typical seedeater, tiny and with thick bill approximately as long as it is deep and with distinct rounded... read more
Male song, often from tree, “seee seeuu se seeuu seeoo tsr-r-r”, somewhat like that of... read more
Grassy areas. Found in open milpas (fields cultivated rotationally, with fallow periods of... read more
Food and feeding
Diet almost exclusively grass seeds. Often sits on one head of grass and feeds from another, or bends seedhead to ground, where it can be... read more
Season Jul–Sept in Panama; nesting reported throughout year, but varying regionally, in Colombia. Apparently monogamous. Nest a woven... read more
Resident and nomadic. Dispersive or nomadic during periods of drought, when grass seeds more... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Locally common; common on Pacific slope throughout range. Although this species is popular as a cagebird, trapping for trade seems... read more
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