Lined Seedeater (Sporophila lineola)

Lined Seedeater

[order] Passeriformes | [family] Emberizidae | [latin] Sporophila lineola | [UK] Lined Seedeater | [FR] Sporophile bouveron | [DE] Diamantpfaffchen | [ES] Corbatita overo | [IT] Beccasemi lineato | [NL] Witster-dikbekje


Monotypic species

Physical charateristics

The male, shown here, is black above with a white crown stripe and white malar streak looking a bit like a moustache. It also has a white wing speculum. Underparts are white. The female is olive-brown above and buffy-yellow below with a yellowish bill.

Listen to the sound of Lined Seedeater

[audio: Seedeater.mp3]

Copyright remark: Most sounds derived from xeno-canto

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


It inhabits bushy clearings, cultivated fields, the edges of capoeiras and tall grassy areas, especially those near the water.


In captivity: The female builds the nest from grass, leaves, moss, etc. She lays 3-4 pale blue-colored eggs, with a green-yellowish sheen and dark markings.

Feeding habits

Mainly grass seeds


This species has a large range, with an estimated global extent of occurrence of 2,600,000 km

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