Ruddy breasted Seedeater (Sporophila minuta)

Ruddy-breasted Seedeater

[order] Passeriformes | [family] Emberizidae | [latin] Sporophila minuta | [UK] Ruddy-breasted Seedeater | [FR] Sporophile petit-louis | [DE] Zwergpfaffchen | [ES] Espiguero Castano | [IT] Beccasemi pettorugginoso | [NL] Dwergdikbekje


Genus Species subspecies Breeding Range Breeding Range 2 Non Breeding Range
Sporophila minuta LA sw Mexico through n SA
Sporophila minuta centralis
Sporophila minuta minuta
Sporophila minuta parva

Physical charateristics

Male has upper parts borwnish grey and the under parts all rufous chestnut. Wings and tail blackish, with a small white patch on wngs. The female is dull buff brown above and buff below. The trhoat and center of belly are pale buff.

Listen to the sound of Ruddy-breasted Seedeater

[audio: Seedeater.mp3]

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broods: 1   eggs min.: 2  
      eggs max.: 3  


It is found in Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, and Venezuela.


Its natural habitats are dry savanna, subtropical or tropical seasonally wet or flooded lowland grassland, and heavily degraded former forest.


Clutch sie is 2 eggs, the nest is a small open cup made of and lined with fine grasses. It is built just above ground in long grass or low shrubs. Will incubate all throughout the year.

Feeding habits

Mainly grass seeds


This species has a large range, with an estimated global extent of occurrence of 2,300,000 km². The global population size has not been quantified, but it is believed to be large as the species is described as ‘frequent’ 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.
Ruddy-breasted Seedeater status Least Concern


Sedentary throughout range

Distribution map

Ruddy-breasted Seedeater range map


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