Plumbeous Seedeater (Sporophila plumbea)

Order: Passeriformes Family: Thraupidae | IUCN Status: Least Concern

Age: Adult | Sex: Male|Female | Loc. Southern Brazil

Age: Adult | Sex: Male | Loc. Southern Brazil

Age: Adult | Sex: Female | Loc. Southern Brazil

Age: Adult | Sex: Male | Loc. Southern Brazil

Identification & Behavior: ~11.5 cm (4.5 in). The male Plumbeous Seedeater is all gray with a white wing speculum. The malar and chin areas are white. The bill is black. The female is brown above and warm brown below. It forages in mixed shrubbery/grasslands. It is similar to the Slate-colored Seedeater but is distinguished by a black bill, a smaller size, and by not foraging in forest interiors. Female Sporophila seedeaters are readily identified by the males that accompany them.

Status: The Plumbeous Seedeater is uncommon and very local, known to occur in western Ucayali and Pampas del  Heath in Madre de Dios. It also occurs in Co, Br, and Bo.

Name in Spanish: Espiguero Plomizo.

Sub-species: Plumbeous Seedeater (Sporophila plumbea plumbea), (Wied), 1830.

Meaning of Name: Sporophila: Gr. sporos= seed and philos= lover. plumbea: L. plumbum= lead, plumbeous= lead-colored.

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Distribution Map


    • Species range based on: Schulenberg, T. S., D. F. Stotz, and L. Rico. 2006. Distribution maps of the birds of Peru, version 1.0. Environment, Culture & Conservation (ECCo). The Field Museum. on 03/01/2016.