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Plain-colored Seedeater - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by Robert Scanlon
nearr Manizales, Colombia, March 2006
Catamenia inornata


13·5–14·5 cm (5¼-5¾ in)
As the name suggests, a rather plain grey finch

  • Pinkish-orange conical bill

Male has grey overall plumage, darker wings and paler underparts
Female: is streaked brown

Similar Species

Juvenile, subspecies minor
Photo © by Stanley Jones
Chulec, Junín, Peru, August 2017

Band-tailed Seedeater has white in the wings and tail, lacking in the Plain-colored Seedeater. No other seedeater in the area has a pink bill.


South America: found in Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina



There are 3 subspecies[1]:

  • C. i. minor:
  • C. i. mucuchiesi:
  • C. i. inornata:


Open highland grassland and shrubby areas to at least 3800m



They forage on or near the ground for seeds.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Oct 2017)
  4. Neotropical Birds

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