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Blackish-blue Seedeater - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Francisco Paludo
Campina Grande do Sul, PR, Brasil, October 2016
Amaurospiza moesta


12.5cm (5 in). A small, compact Seedeater with a proportionately short tail and small head.


  • Small, black triangular bill with slightly curved culmen
  • Dark slaty blue plumage, blacker on foreface and underparts
  • White wing-linings
  • Dark brown eye


  • Tawny-brown plumage, slightly paler on underparts

Juveniles undescribed.


South America: found locally from south-eastern Paraguay to eastern Brazil and north-eastern Argentina (Misiones).
Rare in most of its range.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Moist forests and montanes up to 1,600m. Especially in areas where bamboo is common.



Feeds on bamboo seeds, other seeds and insects.
Forages 2 to 3 m above the ground, sometimes on the ground. Usually seen singly or in pairs.


Breeding season may be timed with bamboo seeding. No other information.


A resident species. Partly nomadic when searching for seeding bamboo.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Del Hoyo, J, A Elliott, and D Christie, eds. 2011. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 16: Tanagers to New World Blackbirds. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8496553781

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