Buntings and New World Sparrows (Emberizidae)

Lined Seedeater (Sporophila lineola) - HBW 16, p. 653

French: Sporophile bouveron German: Diamantpfäffchen Spanish: Semillero Overo

Taxonomy: Loxia lineola Linnaeus, 1758, Asia; error = Bahia, Brazil.
Molecular evidence suggests that genus is closely related to Oryzoborus, which should perhaps be subsumed within it; further, that both genera should be placed in the tanager family (Thraupidae). Forms a superspecies with S. bouvronides and has been treated as conspecific. Monotypic.

Distribution: Breeds in NE Brazil (Maranhão and Piauí E to Rio Grande do Norte and Alagoas); and S of Amazon Basin in SE Bolivia (Tarija, Chuquisaca and Santa Cruz), Paraguay, N Argentina (S to Tucumán, Santiago del Estero and Santa Fe; recently also in Misiones) and S Brazil (C Mato Grosso do Sul E to N Rio de Janeiro, and S to C São Paulo; possibly also Paraná, Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul). Non-breeding visitor throughout N South America N to E Colombia, Venezuela, the Guianas, also E Ecuador, NE Peru and much of Brazil.