Plumbeous Seedeater (Sporophila plumbea)

Plumbeous Seedeater

[order] Passeriformes | [family] Emberizidae | [latin] Sporophila plumbea | [UK] Plumbeous Seedeater | [FR] Sporophile gris-de-plomb | [DE] Graupfaffchen | [ES] Espiguero Patativa | [IT] Beccasemi plumbeo | [NL] Loodgrijs Dikbekje


Genus Species subspecies Breeding Range Breeding Range 2 Non Breeding Range
Sporophila plumbea SA n, c, sc
Sporophila plumbea colombiana
Sporophila plumbea plumbea
Sporophila plumbea whiteleyana

Physical charateristics

The male Plumbeous Seedeater shows a dark bill, white chin and black wing and tail feathers with grey edging. It also has white underparts and a white spot under the eye can usually be seen. It is the only mainly grey seedeater with a dark bill. The female has light brown upperparts and is paler below becoming almost white on the belly. The wings have a dark edge to the buffy-brown.

Listen to the sound of Plumbeous Seedeater

[audio: Seedeater.mp3]

Copyright remark: Most sounds derived from xeno-canto

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


Its natural habitats are dry savanna and subtropical or tropical seasonally wet or flooded lowland grassland. It has one of the most melodious songs, which makes it very well-liked among bird breeders. It sometimes imitates other birds, such as the Great Kiskadee


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Feeding habits

Mainly grass seeds


This species has a large range, with an estimated global extent of occurrence of 4,800,000 km². The global population size has not been quantified, but the species is not believed to approach the thresholds for the population size criterion of the IUCN Red List (i.e., less than 10,000 mature individuals in conjunction with appropriate decline rates and subpopulation qualifiers), even though the species is described as ‘uncommon’ 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.
Plumbeous Seedeater status Least Concern


Sedentary throughout most of range, but during the winter, northern populations generally migrates to more southern regions (such as Santa Catarina), apparently due to a scarcity of food.

Distribution map

Plumbeous Seedeater range map


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