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Photo by Michael W
Just southeast of Quito, Ecuador, March 2007
Sporophila luctuosa


11 cm (4¼ in)

  • Black breast
  • White crescent below eye
  • Black upper-wing and tail


South America: found from the Andes of Colombia to western Venezuela, northern Bolivia and south-western Brazil


This is a monotypic species[1].


Moist shrubland and high-altitude shrubland; open fields/brush on hillside, grassy forest edges.

Photo by Stanley Jones
Wawa Sumaco, Napo Province, Ecuador, January 2016



The cling to stems to eat seeds; they are rather partial to bamboo.


  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/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved August 2015)
  3. Wikipedia
  4. BF Member observations

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