Birds of Colombia

    PASSERIFORMES: Thraupidae (Tanagers and allies)  
Genus: Sporophila (13 species, 33 worldwide)

Genus Sporophila contains small to tiny seedeaters in the tanager (Thraupidae) family. They have thick bills used mostly to eat grass seeds. The female is often plain and brown, but may show hints of the male's characteristics.


Lesson's Seedeater
Lesson's Seedeater (Sporophila bouvronides) Male
Venezuela
  Note top of head is black.
   
Photograph by Barlovento from Venezuela     Copyright and usage info

Lesson's Seedeater
Lesson's Seedeater (Sporophila bouvronides) Female
Venezuela  
   
Photograph by Barlovento from Venezuela     Copyright and usage info


Double-collared Seedeater
Double-collared Seedeater (Sporophila caerulescens) Male
Itatiaia National Park, RJ, Brazil  
   
Photograph by João Sérgio Barros F. de Souza   © All Rights Reserved.

Double-collared Seedeater
Double-collared Seedeater (Sporophila caerulescens hellmayri) Female
REGUA, Cachoeiras de Macacu, RJ, Brazil  
   


Chestnut-bellied Seedeater
Chestnut-bellied Seedeater (Sporophila castaneiventris) Male
Wildsumaco Lodge, Sumaco, Ecuador  
   

Chestnut-bellied Seedeater
Chestnut-bellied Seedeater (Sporophila castaneiventris) Female
Inírida, Guainía, Colombia  
   


Variable Seedeater
Variable Seedeater (Sporophila corvina) Male
Soberania National Park, Panama  
   

Variable Seedeater
Variable Seedeater (Sporophila corvina) Female
Cerro Azul, Panama  
   


Grey Seedeater
Grey Seedeater (Sporophila intermedia intermedia)
Copacabana, Antioquia, Colombia  
   

Grey Seedeater
Grey Seedeater (Sporophila intermedia bogotensis) Male
Laguna Sonso, Buga, Colombia
  The slightly darker Cauca race.
   

Grey Seedeater
Grey Seedeater (Sporophila intermedia bogotensis) Female
Laguna Sonso, Buga, Colombia  
   


Lined Seedeater
Lined Seedeater (Sporophila lineola) Male
REGUA, Cachoeiras de Macacu, RJ, Brazil  
   

Lined Seedeater
Lined Seedeater (Sporophila lineola) Female
San Martín de Amacayacu, Amazonas, Colombia
  Showing hints of the male coloration, as do many female seedeaters.
   

Moves seasonally to northwest Amazon perhaps to eat grass seeds during the low water season.

Black-and-white Seedeater
Black-and-white Seedeater (Sporophila luctuosa) Male
 
   

Black-and-white Seedeater
Black-and-white Seedeater (Sporophila luctuosa) Female
Butterfly World, Florida, USA  
   


Ruddy-breasted Seedeater
Ruddy-breasted Seedeater (Sporophila minuta minuta) Male
Puerto Boyacá, Colombia  
   

Ruddy-breasted Seedeater
Ruddy-breasted Seedeater (Sporophila minuta parva) Female
Sabaneta, Antioquia, Colombia  
   

As seen from the latin name minutus, a tiny seedeater that favors grass seeds.
Eating grass seeds

Caqueta Seedeater
Caqueta Seedeater (Sporophila murallae) Male
Puerto Nariño, Amazonas, Colombia  
   


Yellow-bellied Seedeater
Yellow-bellied Seedeater (Sporophila nigricollis) Male
Otún Quimbaya Wildlife Sanctuary, Pereira, Risaralda, Colombia  
   

Yellow-bellied Seedeater
Yellow-bellied Seedeater (Sporophila nigricollis nigricollis) Female
Otún Quimbaya Wildlife Sanctuary, Pereira, Risaralda, Colombia  
   


Plumbeous Seedeater
Plumbeous Seedeater (Sporophila plumbea whiteleyana) Male
French Guiana
  Note dark bill compared to similar species.
   
Photograph by Michel GIRAUD-AUDINE   © All Rights Reserved.

Plumbeous Seedeater
Plumbeous Seedeater (Sporophila plumbea whiteleyana) Female
El Oso, Bolivar, Venezuela  
   
Photograph by Fernando Flores     Copyright and usage info


Slate-colored Seedeater
Slate-colored Seedeater (Sporophila schistacea schistacea) Male
Jaco, Puntarenas, Costa Rica  
   
Photograph by Jorge Obando Gutierrez   © Copyrighted, All Rights Reserved.

Note white eye-ring compared to very similar Grey Seedeater. Generally a lowland species. Not reliable, but often found near bamboo seeds (HBW).


Chestnut-throated Seedeater
Chestnut-throated Seedeater (Sporophila telasco) Male
Pantanos de Villa, Peru  
   
Photograph by David Ascanio - www.abtbirds.com   © All Rights Reserved.

Chestnut-throated Seedeater
Chestnut-throated Seedeater (Sporophila telasco) Female
Mejía, Peru  
   

Found in arid scrub, and sometimes common in the Peruvian desert.
Additional photo.


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