Yellow-bellied seedeater

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Yellow-bellied seedeater
Sporophila nigricollis (male) -NW Ecuador.jpg
Male in Ecuador
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Thraupidae
Genus: Sporophila
Species: S. nigricollis
Binomial name
Sporophila nigricollis
(Vieillot, 1823)

The yellow-bellied seedeater (Sporophila nigricollis) is a species of bird in the family Thraupidae, formerly placed with the American sparrows in the Emberizidae.

It is found in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Grenada, Guyana, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago and Venezuela. It has occurred as a vagrant in Saint Vincent. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical high-altitude shrubland, pastureland, and heavily degraded former forest.

One study in Brazil, estimated that 16,800 yellow-bellied seedeaters are illegal caught and sold as pets annually.[2]


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Sporophila nigricollis". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  2. ^ Regueira, R. F. S., & Bernard, E. (2012). Wildlife sinks: Quantifying the impact of illegal bird trade in street markets in Brazil. Biological Conservation, 149(1), 16-22.