Birds of Colombia

    PASSERIFORMES: Thraupidae (Tanagers & Allies)  
Genus: Sporophila (13 species, 34 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 caerulescens) Female
Ituzaingó, Argentina  
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.


Chestnut-bellied Seedeater
Chestnut-bellied Seedeater (Sporophila castaneiventris) Male
Wildsumaco Lodge, Sumaco, Ecuador  
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

Chestnut-bellied Seedeater
Chestnut-bellied Seedeater (Sporophila castaneiventris) Female
Inírida, Guainía, Colombia  
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.


Variable Seedeater
Variable Seedeater (Sporophila corvina) Male
Soberania National Park, Panama  
   
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Variable Seedeater
Variable Seedeater (Sporophila corvina) Female
Cerro Azul, Panama  
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

Male from back with tail spread.

Grey Seedeater
Grey Seedeater (Sporophila intermedia intermedia)
Copacabana, Antioquia, Colombia  
   
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Grey Seedeater
Grey Seedeater (Sporophila intermedia bogotensis) Male
Laguna Sonso, Buga, Colombia
  The slightly darker Cauca race.
   
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Grey Seedeater
Grey Seedeater (Sporophila intermedia bogotensis) Female
Laguna Sonso, Buga, Colombia  
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.


Lined Seedeater
Lined Seedeater (Sporophila lineola) Male
REGUA, Cachoeiras de Macacu, RJ, Brazil  
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

Lined Seedeater
Lined Seedeater (Sporophila lineola) Female
San Martín de Amacayacu, Amazonas, Colombia
  Showing hints of the male coloration, as do many female seedeaters.
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

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
Recinto del Pensamiento, Manizales, Colombia  
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

Black-and-white Seedeater
Black-and-white Seedeater (Sporophila luctuosa) Female
Butterfly World, Florida, USA  
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

Found in the Andes at mid altitude levels in semi-open areas. Locally common at best.

Ruddy-breasted Seedeater
Ruddy-breasted Seedeater (Sporophila minuta minuta) Male
Puerto Boyacá, Colombia  
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

Ruddy-breasted Seedeater
Ruddy-breasted Seedeater (Sporophila minuta parva) Female
Sabaneta, Antioquia, Colombia  
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

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  
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

Caqueta Seedeater
Caqueta Seedeater (Sporophila murallae) Female
Puerto Nariño, Amazonas, Colombia  
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.


Yellow-bellied Seedeater
Yellow-bellied Seedeater (Sporophila nigricollis) Male
Otún Quimbaya Wildlife Sanctuary, Pereira, Risaralda, Colombia  
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

Yellow-bellied Seedeater
Yellow-bellied Seedeater (Sporophila nigricollis nigricollis) Female
Otún Quimbaya Wildlife Sanctuary, Pereira, Risaralda, Colombia  
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.


Plumbeous Seedeater
Plumbeous Seedeater (Sporophila plumbea whiteleyana) Male
French Guiana  
   
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

Note dark bill compared to similar species.

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  
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

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


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