White-throated Seedeater Sporophila albogularis


A relatively poorly known species, the White-throated Seedeater is endemic to northeast Brazil, where it is found between Piauí and at least northern Bahia; although there are records from further south, these are often postulated to be escapees from captivity. It mostly inhabits dry caatinga woodland and scrub, and like other seedeaters forms small flocks, sometimes with other Sporophila species, especially in the non-breeding season. The species is most easily identified by the dark pectoral band of males, which separates the white throat from the rest of the white underparts; in other respects, the White-throated Seedeater recalls the White-bellied Seedeater (Sporophila leucoptera) and the Double-collared Seedeater (Sporophila caerulescens), both of which have much wider ranges, although they are to a greater or lesser extent sympatric with the present species.

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Recommended Citation

White-throated Seedeater (Sporophila albogularis), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/whtsee1