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Sporophila torqueola

White-collared Seedeater

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Thraupidae
  • Polytypic 5 Subspecies

Authors: Adel, Fatima, Kevin J. Burns, Jack, Eitniear, and Thomas S. Schulenberg

Sporophila torqueola

Chan Chich lodge in Belize; 2 November 2005 © Kent Nickell

The White-collared Seedeater is identifiable by the broad white collar, white rump, and black hood. The species occurs from southern Texas south to the western Panama, and is the only member of the widespread genus Sporophila that is confined solely to Mexico and Central America. There are four subspecies of White-collared Seedeater, and the species is split into two species by some authorities. The conservation status for the White-collared Seedeater is assessed as of Least Concern by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, due to its large geographic range, and an apparent trend of population increase.

Recommended Citation

Adel, Fatima, Kevin J. Burns, Jack, Eitniear, and Thomas S. Schulenberg. 2010. White-collared Seedeater (Sporophila torqueola), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online:

This map is based on the maps available from the NatureServe InfoNatura website. The data for these 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.

  • Migration/Movement:Resident (nonmigratory)
  • Primary Habitat:Second growth scrub
  • Foraging Strata:Terrestrial
  • Foraging Behavior:Glean
  • Diet:Omnivorous
  • Sociality:Mixed Flocks
  • Mating System:Monogamy
  • Nest Form:Cup
  • Clutch: 2 - 3
  • IUCN Status:Unknown