Yellow Bellied Seedeater (Sporophila nigricollis)

Yellow-Bellied Seedeater

[order] Passeriformes | [family] Emberizidae | [latin] Sporophila nigricollis | [UK] Yellow-Bellied Seedeater | [FR] Sporophile a ventre jaune | [DE] Gelbbauchpfaffchen | [ES] Espiguero Corbatita Amarillo | [IT] Beccasemi collonero | [NL] Geelbuik-dikbekje


Genus Species subspecies Breeding Range Breeding Range 2 Non Breeding Range
Sporophila nigricollis LA Costa Rica to Bolivia
Sporophila nigricollis inconspicua
Sporophila nigricollis nigricollis
Sporophila nigricollis vivida

Physical charateristics

The belly of the male is very pale yellow verging on the white. It has a black hood and olive-brown upperparts. The male’s bill is light blue-grey in contrast to that of the female whose bill is dark. The female is light brown and yellowish below.

Listen to the sound of Yellow-Bellied Seedeater

[audio: Seedeater.mp3]

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wingspan min.: 0 cm wingspan max.: 0 cm
size min.: 11 cm size max.: 12 cm
incubation min.: 12 days incubation max.: 14 days
fledging min.: 8 days fledging max.: 9 days
broods: 2   eggs min.: 2  
      eggs max.: 3  


It is found in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Grenada, Guyana, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago and Venezuela.


Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical high-altitude shrubland, pastureland, and heavily degraded former forest. Found in grassy or shrubby clearings and agricultural land. It is less urban than the Double-collared and the Lined Seedeaters


The nest tapers slightly to a blunt cone which fits into the crotch formed by three or
four twigs in a small tree or shrub; the cup is round and shallow. Invariably clusters
of leaves conceal the nest from above. The materials used are brown, dry grass stems with some rather stiff fibers, such as those in the sheath at the base of a date palm leaf. Ckutch size it 2-3 eggs which are incubated for about 12-14 days by the female only. The nestling period is eight or nine days. Only the female broods, but both sexes feed the young.

Feeding habits

Mainly grass seeds. It lives in dispersed pairs during the mating period and gathers in flocks, which may be quite large, during other periods.


This species has a large range, with an estimated global extent of occurrence of 7,200,000 km

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