Slate-colored Seedeater (Sporophila schistacea) - HBW 16, p. 649
French: Sporophile ardoisé
Spanish: Semillero Pizarroso
Taxonomy: Spermophila schistacea Lawrence, 1862, Lion Hill, Canal Zone, Panama.
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). Present species thought to be highly variable, and has recently been suggested that it be treated as polymorphic, rather than polytypic; further research desirable. Birds from Belize to Nicaragua sometimes separated as race subconcolor, but this form is probably best considered a variant of nominate. Three subspecies currently recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- schistacea (Lawrence, 1862) - Belize and N & E Honduras through NE Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama to N Colombia and W slope of E Andes.
- incerta Riley, 1914 - Pacific slope of Andes from W Colombia (Caldas) S to N Ecuador (S to Pichincha, also in Napo).
- longipennis C. Chubb, 1921 - W, N & E Venezuela (E slope of Andes S from Mérida, Monagas E to Delta Amacuro, and Bolívar), Colombia (E slope of E Andes S to Meta), the Guianas, Brazil (Roraima, Amapá, N Pará and S Amazonas), N & E Peru (Loreto and Huánuco S to Madre de Dios) and NW Bolivia (Beni and Cochabamba).
- Least Concern Enlarge map
A male foraging amongst the grass near a small grove of bamboo Locality José Celestino Mutis Botanical Garden, Bogotá, Colombia
Blair Wainman 30 September 2011 1 year ago 22 sec 3.5
One ind actively singing near seeding bamboo! Locality El Ávila National Park, Distrito Capital, Venezuela (ssp longipennis)
Diego Calderon - COLOMBIA... 1 March 2009 3 years ago 11 sec 2.8