Cinnamon-rumped Seedeater

Sporophila torqueola

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Code 4

CRSE

Code 6

SPOTOR

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Cinnamon-rumped Seedeater is a passerine bird, and is a member of the Sporophila genus. The natural range for this species is central Mexico and the Pacific slope from Sonora south to Oaxaca. Preferred habitats include tropical and subtropical grasslands, savannas and shrubby areas. However, these birds may also be found in pastures, farmland and degraded former forests. Nests are built on the ground under low vegetation, and diets consist of seeds, insects, invertebrates and farm crops. The conservation rating for the Cinnamon-rumped Seedeaterr is currently Least Concern.

SUMMARY

Overview

Cinnamon-rumped Seedeater: Male has black hood extending to auriculars, buff to white chin, incomplete whitish collar separated by black nape, black upper breast band, gray-black upperparts, rufous to rust underparts, and cinnamon rump. Gray-black wings lack wingbars but often show white speculum. Eats seeds and insects. Weak fluttering flight, alternates rapid wing beats with brief periods of wings pulled to the sides.


Range and Habitat

Cinnamon-rumped Seedeater: This species is a native of Mexico where it resides on the Pacific slope and interior from Sonora south to Oaxaca and Baja California. They are found in savannas, grasslands, shrub lands, and vegetation along rivers.

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Cinnamon-rumped Seedeater SONGS AND CALLS

White-collared Seedeater C1

Song is a pleasant, high-pitched "sweet sweet sweet cheer-cheer-cheer".

White-collared Seedeater FF1

Song variation.

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"sweet-sweet-sweet "wit-wit-wit"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The White-collared Seedeater was split into two species in 2018 by the AOU. It is now called the Cinnamon-rumped Seedeater and the split is the Morelet's Seedeater.
  • Habitat destruction and the use of agrochemicals are thought to be the main causes of this bird's decline.
  • A group of seedeaters are collectively known as an "eatery" of seedeaters.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

About this North America Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across North America.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Artist

Chris Vest

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Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

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