Chestnut bellied Seedeater (Sporophila castaneiventris)

Chestnut-bellied Seedeater

[order] Passeriformes | [family] Emberizidae | [latin] Sporophila castaneiventris | [UK] Chestnut-bellied Seedeater | [FR] Sporophile a ventre chatain | [DE] Rotbauchpfaffchen | [ES] Espiguero de Vientre Castano | [IT] Beccasemi ventrecastano | [NL] Roodbuik-dikbekje


Monotypic species

Physical charateristics

The male is blueish grey above, including on the rump, and the grey extends to its flanks where it borders the chestnut belly. The female is generally olive brown like most female Sporophila but has a dark bill and is generally smaller.

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It is found in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Peru, Suriname, and Venezuela.


Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist shrubland and heavily degraded former forest. This bird is common in areas with tall grasses, bushy capoeiras, on riverbanks and in urban gardens.


It builds a cup-shaped nest, laying two or three eggs at a time.

Feeding habits

It lives mainly in small groups, especially outside the mating season, also joining flocks of Canaries, Blue-black Grassquits and other species. Mainly grass seeds


This species has a large range, with an estimated global extent of occurrence of 3,500,000 km². The global population size has not been quantified, but it is believed to be large as the species is described as ‘common’ in at least parts of its range (Stotz et al. 1996). Global population trends have not been quantified, but the species is not believed to approach the thresholds for the population decline criterion of the IUCN Red List (i.e., declining more than 30% in ten years or three generations). For these reasons, the species is evaluated as Least Concern.
Chestnut-bellied Seedeater status Least Concern


Sedentary throughout range

Distribution map

Chestnut-bellied Seedeater range map


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