From the Field: Ruddy-breasted Seedeater

September 10, 2014

The ruddy-breasted seedeater (Sporophila minuta) is a species of bird in the Emberizidea family.  Although all Sporophila are small finches, Ruddy-breasted Seedeater is notable for being one of the smallest-bodied members of this genus. This also is one of the most northerly species of seedeater, and occurs from southern Mexico south to northern South America.


Male: mostly brownish gray above, wings and tail duskier with indistinct small whitish wing speculum; rump and entire underparts cinnamon-rofous, deepest on the throat. Female: buffy brown above, wings and tail duskier, feather with pale buff edging; below pale dule cinnamon to buffy brown.


Like other Sporophila, Ruddy-breasted Seedeater primarily forages on grass seeds in open habitats, and often forages in flocks outside of the breeding season.





















The nest is a simple cup, but is notable because it usually contains a few stem grass stems that stick up above the rim of the cup.




Video: Ruddy-breasted Seedeater at Just Adventures Panama Channel



BirdLife International (2014) Species factsheet: Sporophila minuta. Downloaded from on 10/09/2014. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2014) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 10/09/2014.



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