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Photo by Birdingcraft
Termales del Bosque, San Carlos, Costa Rica, March 2009
Sporophila funerea

Oryzoborus funereus


Length 12cm
Stubby conical bill typical of seed eaters.
The male is black with a white bar on the wing edge.
The female is brown all over, with gray bill and legs.

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The male is distinguishable from the Variable Seedeater only by having a straight culmen. The female is easier to distinguish, with a much darker and richer coloration.


From southern Mexico to Northern Colombia and western Ecuador to south-east Brazil.


This is a monotypic species[1] which was formerly considered a subspecies of Lesser Seed-Finch.
Formerly placed in genus Oryzoborus.


Weedy and grassy areas of wet lowlands and foothills.



Diet includes seeds.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2015. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2015, with updates to August 2015. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/

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