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Sporophila angolensis

Oryzoborus angolensis


Photo by Lcverissimo
Poconé, Pantanal, Brazil, October 2014

10·6–12·4 cm (4-4¾ in)

  • Black
  • Chestnut belly and breast
  • White underwings
  • Small white speculum


  • Brown
  • Heavy black bill
  • White underwings, but no white speculum


South America: found in Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina


Photo by Xyko Paludo
Tibagi, PR, Brazil, February 2018

Formerly considered conspecific with Thick-billed Seed-Finch under the name Lesser Seed-Finch.
Formerly placed in genus Oryzoborus.


There are 2 subspecies[1]:

  • S. a. torrida:
  • S. a. angolensis:

Subspecies torrida and theobromae are accepted by some, but not all authorities[1].


Edges of woods and marshes



Little has been recorded. Their diet consists of seeds and insects.


The male often sings from an exposed perch and the song is a long melodious series of whistled notes, interspersed with chirping and chattering.


  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 January 2015)

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