Morelet's Seedeater

Sporophila moreletti

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Code 4

MOSE

Code 6

SPOMOR

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Morelet's Seedeater is a passerine bird, and is a member of the Sporophila genus. The natural range for this species spans from an area on the Rio Grande near San Ignacio, Texas in the United States to Central and Eastern Mexico, Central America and Panama. 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 White-collared Seedeater is currently Least Concern.

SUMMARY

Overview

Morelet's Seedeater: Small finch with short, thick curved bill. Male has black cap extending to auriculars, white under-eye arcs, whitish chin and incomplete collar separated by black nape; black bib, whitish underparts, gray-black upperparts, and black wings have bright white wingbars. Female is yellowish-olive or yellowish-brown overall with darker upperparts than underparts, dark wings have two whitish wingbars. Eats seeds and insects. Weak fluttering flight, alternates rapid wing beats with brief periods of wings pulled to the sides.


Range and Habitat

Morelet's Seedeater: Range extends from the Rio Grande to the Yucatan Peninsula and throughout Central America to Panama along the Gulf and Pacific slope. Found in savannas, grasslands, shrub lands, and in vegetation along rivers.

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Morelet's 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

  • A group of seedeaters are collectively known as an "eatery" of seedeaters.
  • Habitat destruction and the use of agrochemicals are thought to be the main causes of this bird's decline.
  • 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.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

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

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

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Chris Vest

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