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

Sounds and Vocal Behavior


The song of the White-collared Seedeater is "a characteristic sound of open country ... [males] sing from fences, trees, [and] roadside wires" (Howell and Webb 1995). The song has been described as "a varied sweet warble, often speeding into a buzzy trill, s'wee s'wee s'wee s'wee s'wee s-wee-il-idl-idl or swee twee-wee-wee-wit wit-wit-wit wil-idl-idl ,..., or simply swee swee swee-swee-swee, or buzzy trills" (Howell and Webb 1995).

Calls include "a nasal cheh or nyeh, and a clear, slightly piercing, often quite loud seeu suggesting a euphonia" (Howell and Webb 1995). Notes of the White-collared Seedeater vary from soft to harsh, depending on whether alarm or distress is involved (Stiles 1989).

Nonvocal Sounds

None reported.

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.