Morelet's/Cinnamon-rumped Seedeater Sporophila morelleti/torqueola

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Thraupidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: Fatima Adel, Kevin J. Burns, Jack C. Eitniear, and Thomas S. Schulenberg

Diet and Foraging


The White-collared Seedeater mainly forages for grass seeds, in Texas this includes; Echinochloa punctate, Dichanthium annulafusum*, Cenchrus cilaris*, Setaria leucopila, S. scheelei. In addition it has been documented to feed on the floral parts of of Acacia minuata,  farnesiana, Salix nigra and S. exigua (* exotic species, Eitniear 1997, Eitniear 2004). The seedeater also consumes insects and can even make short fly-catching sallies (Skutch 1954, Slud 1964). They tend to feed on grass seeds in flocks, sometimes with other seed-eating birds. Other possible food sources are sorghum, rice, spiders and occasionally berries (Stiles and Skutch 1989).

Foraging Behavior

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Recommended Citation

Adel, F., K. J. Burns, J. C. Eitniear, and T. S. Schulenberg (2010). Morelet's/Cinnamon-rumped Seedeater (Sporophila morelleti/torqueola), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.