|Black-breasted Seedeater Sporophila ophthalmica
(aka Variable Seedeater Sporophila corvina) Colombian name: Espiguero Variable
|Montezuma, Tatamá, Risaralda, Colombia
The Black-breasted Seedeater is distributed from Costa Rica through Panama and along the Pacific coast of Colombia and Ecuador to north-west Peru. See the distribution map at Birdlife International.
|Some authorities lump this species with White-collared
Seedeater S. morelleti and Black Seedeater S. corvina both of Central America but the HBW and Birdlife International checklist splits
them on the basis of the very different plumages of the males and, to a lesser extent, the females. The sub-species of S. ophthalmica found in north-west
Colombia, S. o. hicksii, has whitish underparts with black blotches especially on the flanks, a black chin and a broad black breastband. The
female, seen here in photo 2, is brown and olive above, paler below with a pale yellow-green malar stripe.
The song is a variable but musical twittering.
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