Pearly-bellied seedeater

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Pearly-bellied seedeater
Sporophila pileata - Pearly-bellied Seedeater.jpg
Pearly-bellied seedeater at Santa Bárbara d'Oeste, São Paulo state, Brazil
Not recognized (IUCN 3.1)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Thraupidae
Genus: Sporophila
Species: S. pileata
Binomial name
Sporophila pileata
(Sclater, 1865)

The pearly–bellied seedeater (Sporophila pileata) is a species of bird in the family Thraupidae. It was lumped with the copper seedeater, (S. bouvreuil) and known together as the capped seedeater before being split in February 2012.

It is found in southern Brazil, Paraguay, northern Uruguay and northeastern Argentina. Its natural habitat is dry savanna.


  • South American Classification Committee (February 8, 2012). "Proposal (#502) to South American Classification Committee – Split Sporophila pileata from S. bouvreuil.". Retrieved February 8, 2012. 
  • Machado, E. & Silveira, L.F. (2010) Geographical and seasonal distribution of the Seedeaters Sporophila bouvreuil and Sporophila pileata (Aves: Emberizidae). Papéis Avulsos de Zoologia, 50 (32):517-533.
  • Machado, E. & Silveira, L.F. (2011) Plumage variability and taxonomy of the Capped Seedeater Sporophila bouvreuil (Aves: Passeriformes: Emberizidae). Zootaxa, 2781: 49-62.
  • Sclater, P.L. (1864) Descriptions of seven new species of birds discovered by the late Dr. John Natterer in Brazil. Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London, 607 pp.