Large-billed Seed-Finch
Sporophila crassirostris

(aka Oryzoborus crassirostris)
Large-billed Seed-Finch, Rio Silanche, Pichincha, Ecuador, November 2019 - click for larger image Rio Silanche, Pichincha, Ecuador
November 2019

The Large-billed Seed-Finch has a scattered distribution around the north-west of the Amazon Basin and towards the coast as well as the Pacific slope of Colombia and Ecuador. See the distribution map at xeno-canto. It is found in shrubby areas near water from sea level up to about 700 metres.

The male is all black with a massive pale bill. The bill seems to be whiter in the sub-species S. c. occidentalis from the Pacific slope of Colombia and Ecuador. Elsewhere the nominate sub-species has a greyer bill. It also has a white patch on the primaries. The female is brown with a darker bill.

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