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Female Yellow-bellied Seedeater (Sporophila nigricollis) | by Frank Shufelt
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Female Yellow-bellied Seedeater (Sporophila nigricollis)

The Yellow-bellied Seedeater (Sporophila nigricollis) inhabits shrublands, grasslands, pastures and open areas from Costa Rica south to Bolivia and Brazil but they are absent from the amazon basin. They can be found to about 2,300 meters (7,700 feet) above sea level.


The Yellow-bellied Seedeater is territorial during the breeding season when they may be observed in pairs; otherwise they are usually seen in flocks sometimes with other seedeaters or grassquits. They are appropriately called seedeaters because as shown in this image, that's what they do.


The male of this species has a black hood and a white, sometimes slightly yellow, breast. It's a small bird about 11.4 cm (4.5 inches) in length. The Yellow-bellied Seedeater is classified in the Thraupidae with finches and tanagers.


This image was taken at San Agustin, Huila, Colombia at about 2,000 meters (6,700 feet) above sea level.

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Taken on February 19, 2013