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Sporophila nigricollis

Yellow-bellied Seedeater

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Thraupidae
  • Polytypic 3 Subspecies

Authors: Howard, Phillip


The Americas

Common residents of grassland and agricultural areas from Costa Rica south to Brazil, although they are absent from much of the Amazon Basin.

In the Caribbean, Yellow-bellied Seedeaters are uncommon and local breeding residents on the southern islands of Grenada, Carriacou and the Grenadines from March to November. It is considered a vagrant on St. Vincent. Outside the breeding season it is likely these Caribbean populations migrate south to South America and Costa Rica where they are more common.

Outside the Americas

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Grassland and agricultural areas. Shrubby fields and thickets, field edges and roadsides

Historical changes

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Fossil history

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Recommended Citation

Howard, Phillip. 2010. Yellow-bellied Seedeater (Sporophila nigricollis), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online:

This map is based on maps available from the NatureServe InfoNatura website, for the distribution in Central America and/or Caribbean, and on a map provided by Robert S. Ridgely, for the South American distribution.

The data for the InforNatura maps are provided by NatureServe in collaboration with Robert Ridgely, James Zook, The Nature Conservancy - Migratory Bird Program, Conservation International - CABS, World Wildlife Fund - US, and Environment Canada - WILDSPACE.