SEEDEATERS AND SEED-FINCHES   -   THRAUPIDAE

Includes Sporophila and Catamenia. Oryzoborus has now been merged with Sporophila.


Plumbeous Seedeater - Sporophila plumbea
Plumbeous Seedeater
Sporophila plumbea plumbea
Near Três Marias, Minas Gerais state, Brazil.
Male. This seedeater is found disjunctly in open habitats north and south of the Amazon basin. (S5)


Variable Seedeater - Sporophila corvina
Variable Seedeater
Sporophila corvina corvina
La Selva OTS, Heredia province, Costa Rica.
Male. A well-named species - this is the nominate race, found from E Mexico to E Costa Rica; it's completely different from other races, such as the ones below. I imagine they will be split some day. (S8)


Variable Seedeater - Sporophila corvina
Variable Seedeater
Sporophila corvina hicksii
Ginger House, Cerro Azul, Panama province, Panama.
Male. This subspecies is found in most of Panama and western Colombia. (S8)


Variable Seedeater - Sporophila corvina
Variable Seedeater
Sporophila corvina ophthalmica
Reserva Ecologica Manglares-Churute, Guayas province, Ecuador.
Male. The race found in SW Colombia, W Ecuador, and NW Peru. (S8)


Variable Seedeater - Sporophila corvina
Variable Seedeater
Sporophila corvina ophthalmica
Río Ayampe, Manabí province, Ecuador.
Female. (S8)


Variable Seedeater - Sporophila corvina
Variable Seedeater
Sporophila corvina ophthalmica
Mirador Rio Blanco, Pichincha province, Ecuador.
Male bringing food to nestlings, 4 June 2009.  (S5f)


Variable Seedeater - Sporophila corvina
Variable Seedeater
Sporophila corvina ophthalmica
Mirador Rio Blanco, Pichincha province, Ecuador.
Female bringing food to nestlings, 4 June 2009. You can see the small white seeds that are being regurgitated. (S5f)


White-collared Seedeater - Sporophila torqueola
White-collared Seedeater
Sporophila torqueola morelleti
Almirante, Bocas del Toro province, Panama.
Male. (S8)


Rusty-collared Seedeater - Sporophila collaris
Rusty-collared Seedeater
Sporophila collaris melanocephala
Transpantanal Highway, Mato Grosso state, Brazil.
Male. A handsome seedeater that can be rather erratic in occurance, and I suspect they are nomadic like other seedeaters from SE South America. They are found in Brazil south of the Amazon basin as well as parts of Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay, and northern Argenintina. (S8)


Rusty-collared Seedeater - Sporophila collaris
Rusty-collared Seedeater
Sporophila collaris melanocephala
Transpantanal Highway, Mato Grosso state, Brazil.
Male. (S7)


Rusty-collared Seedeater - Sporophila collaris
Rusty-collared Seedeater
Sporophila collaris melanocephala
Transpantanal Highway, Mato Grosso, Brazil.
Female. (S8)


Lined Seedeater - Sporophila lineola
Lined Seedeater
Sporophila lineola
Intervales State Park, São Paulo state, Brazil.
Male. A long-distance migrant within South America. They breed from eastern Brazil to northern Argentina, and "winter" to the east and north into the Amazon and Guianan regions. (S8)


Black-and-white Seedeater - Sporophila luctuosa
Black-and-white Seedeater
Sporophila luctuosa
Near Bellandia Lodge, Pastaza, Ecuador.
Male. (S8)


Yellow-bellied Seedeater - Sporophila nigricollis
Yellow-bellied Seedeater
Sporophila nigricollis vivida
Río Ayampe, Manabí province, Ecuador.
Male. This bird is in nice, fresh plumage and appears very yellow. Some worn individuals can be almost white below. (S8)


Yellow-bellied Seedeater - Sporophila nigricollis
Yellow-bellied Seedeater
Sporophila nigricollis vivida
Tandayapa Valley, Pichincha province, Ecuador.
Female or juv. male. ID not 100% certain, as Black-and-white Seedeater (S. luctuosa) does occasionally turn up in the Tandayapa Valley, and females are essentially identical. It's a gruesome shot, but certainly demonstrates how ticks are a lot more than just a minor nuisance to a bird weighing only 10 g. (D2)

Dubois's Seedeater - Sporophila ardesiaca
Dubois's Seedeater
Sporophila ardesiaca
Santuario de Caraça, Minas Gerais state, Brazil.
Male. I'm fairly certain of this one due to the lack of yellow on the belly and gray mantle, however the gray hindcrown is more consistent with Yellow-bellied Seedeater S. nigricollis. I welcome any comments on it. (S5)


Double-collared Seedeater - Sporophila caerulescens
Double-collared Seedeater
Sporophila caerulescens caerulescens
Hotel do Ypê, Itatiaia NP, Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil.
Male. A common and widespread seedeater south of the Amazon. (S6)


Double-collared Seedeater - Sporophila caerulescens
Double-collared Seedeater
Sporophila caerulescens (ssp?)
Amazonia Lodge, Madre de Dios region, Peru.
Female. ID of female Sporophilas is challenging; I am basing this mainly on the pale bill - other similar species that could occur here have dark bills. Double-collared Seedeater is apparently only a nonbreeding visitor to Peru. (S8)


White-throated Seedeater - Sporophila albogularis
White-throated Seedeater
Sporophila albogularis
Jeremoaba-Canudos road, Bahia state, Brazil.
Male. This attractive seedeater is endemic to NE Brazil. (D3)


White-bellied Seadeater - Sporophila leucoptera
White-bellied Seadeater
Sporophila leucoptera leucoptera
Transpantanal Highway, Mato Grosso state, Brazil.
Male. (S8)


Parrot-billed Seedeater - Sporophila peruviana
Parrot-billed Seedeater
Sporophila peruviana (ssp?)
Chaparri Reserve, Lambayeque department, Peru
Male. This species is restricted to arid scrub and desert west of the Andes in Ecuador and Peru. Lambayeque is between the ranges listed for the two subspecies in HBW and Clements, so it is not clear to me which one this is. (S6)


Parrot-billed Seedeater - Sporophila peruviana
Parrot-billed Seedeater
Sporophila peruviana (ssp?)
Chaparri Reserve, Lambayeque department, Peru
Female. (S6)


Chestnut-bellied Seedeater - Sporophila castaneiventris
Chestnut-bellied Seedeater
Sporophila castaneiventris
Near Bellandia Lodge, Pastaza, Ecuador.
Male. (S8)


Chestnut-bellied Seedeater - Sporophila castaneiventris
Chestnut-bellied Seedeater
Sporophila castaneiventris
Yasuní Research Station, Orellana, Ecuador.
Female. (S6)


Black-bellied Seedeater - Sporophila melanogaster
Black-bellied Seedeater
Sporophila melanogaster
Serra Geral National Park, Rio Grande do Sul state, Brazil.
Male. A migratory species; it breeds in the grasslands of southern Brazil, dispersing northward in fall and winter. (S8)


Chestnut-throated Seedeater - Sporophila telasco
Chestnut-throated Seedeater
Sporophila telasco
El Tambo, Santa Elena province, Ecuador.
Male. Occurs along the Pacific coast of South America. (S8)


Chestnut-throated Seedeater - Sporophila telasco
Chestnut-throated Seedeater
Sporophila telasco
El Tambo, Santa Elena province, Ecuador.
Female. (S8)


Nicaraguan Seed-Finch - Sporophila nuttingi
Nicaraguan Seed-Finch
Sporophila nuttingi
Tigre, Heredia province, Costa Rica.
Male. This species, with it's distintive beak, is very local in wet, grassy areas in lowlands from Nicaragua to western Panama. It is sometimes Pink-billed Seed-Finch, which seems like a better name to me. (S6)


Thick-billed Seed-Finch - Sporophila funerea
Thick-billed Seed-Finch
Sporophila funerea
San Francisco, Esmeraldas province, Ecuador.
Male. This species and the next are often lumped as Lesser Seed-Finch S. angolensis due to close similarities in morphology, behavior, and vocalizations. The Andes are the barrier for the species, with this one only occurring west of the Andes. (S8)


Thick-billed Seed-Finch - Sporophila funereus
Thick-billed Seed-Finch
Sporophila funereus
San Francisco, Esmeraldas province, Ecuador.
Female. (S8)


Chestnut-bellied Seed-Finch - Sporophila angolensis
Chestnut-bellied Seed-Finch
Sporophila angolensis angolensis
Serra da Canastra NP, Minas Gerais state, Brazil.
Male. Replaces the previous species east of the Andes. (S5)


Large-billed Seed-Finch - Sporophila crassirostris
Large-billed Seed-Finch
Sporophila crassirostris (ssp?)
Tobia, Cundinamarca department, Colombia.
Male. A rather localized species, rare in most of it's range. This bird was in dry woodland in an inter-Andean valley in central Colombia, a very different habitat from the other ones I've seen, which have been in wet, grassy fields or on river islands. (D3)


White-naped Seedeater - Sporophila fringilloides
White-naped Seedeater
Sporophila fringilloides
Mitú, Vaupés department, Colombia.
Male. An odd "finch" found very locally in white-sand regions of the northwestern Amazon. It is very similar to Cone-billed Tanager Conothraupis mesoleuca. (S6)


Band-tailed Seedeater - Catamenia analis
Band-tailed Seedeater
Catamenia analis analis
Yavi, Jujuy province, Argentina.
Male. (S6)


Plain-colored Seedeater - Catamenia inornata
Plain-colored Seedeater
Catamenia inornata minor
Entrance road to the Yanacocha reserve, Pichincha province, Ecuador.
Male. (S8)


Paramo Seedeater - Catamenia homochroa
Paramo Seedeater
Catamenia homochroa oreophila
San Lorenzo ridge, Santa Marta mountains, Magdalena department, Colombia.
Male. This subspecies is endemic to the Santa Martas, though it does not seen noticeable different from the nominate race of the Andes. Despite its name, it is not really a páramo species. In my experieince, it seems to prefer stunted forest near treeline, often on the edge of the páramo. (S6)
















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