Black-bellied Seedeater Sporophila melanogaster

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Thraupidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: Carla Suertegaray Fontana and M├írcio Repenning


Geographic Variation

There is no geographic variation in either morphology or vocalizations.

Related Species

Black-bellied Seedeater, Spermophila melanogaster Pelzeln, 1870, São Paulo, Brazil.
The genus Sporophila is one of most diverse genus of Neotropical passerines and includes almost 40 species (including the species formerly separated in the genus Oryzoborus) (Jaramillo 2011, Clements et al 2013). Black-bellied Seedeater belongs to the ccapuchinos (Spanish name) group of seedeaters, which comprises nine Sporophila species originally described based only on differences in plumage color and pattern of adult males. They comprise a clade of the southern Capuchinos (S. pileata, S. hypoxantha, S. hypochroma, S. ruficollis, S. palustris, S. melanogaster and S. cinammomea). Molecular evidence, however, to date has been unable to resolve the phylogenetic relationships between these species, as genetic differentiation is small and they apparently have a very recent radiation (Campagna et al 2011).

Recommended Citation

Suertegaray Fontana, C. and M. Repenning (2014). Black-bellied Seedeater (Sporophila melanogaster), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.