|Temminck's Seedeater Sporophila
Brazilian name: Cigarra-verdadeira
|Teresópolis, Rio de
Temminck's Seedeater is found in south-east Brazil from south-east Bahia to Parana and in adjacent areas of eastern Paraguay and north-eastern Argentina. It is classified as Vulnerable by Birdlife International.
|Part of the reason for its
vulnerable status is its dependence on bamboo flowerings as can
be seen in these photos. These flowerings are sporadic and
irregular which forces a pattern of migration on the birds as
they seek their preferred food.
The male, seen here in photos 1, 2, 4 and 5 is bluish-grey above with a very large bill with a curved, horn-coloured maxilla and a yellow mandible. Underparts are pale grey with a whitish centre to the breast and it has a white wing patch. Females are dusky-brown with a dark bill.
Photos 2 and 3 show two fledglings which were being fed by the male.
|There are recordings on xeno-canto, a distribution map from NatureServe and additional information available via Avibase. In Portuguese, there is a page on Wikiaves.|
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