Chestnut-bellied Seed-finch Sporophila angolensis
(aka Thick-billed or Lesser Seed-finch Oryzoborus angolensis)
Male Lesser Seed-finch, Caseara, Tocantins, Brazil, January 2002 - click for larger image Brazil

The Chestnut-bellied Seed-finch is found from northern Colombia to south-east Brazil. See the distribution map at Birdlife International.

Female Lesser Seed-finch, Caracaraí, Roraima, Brazil, July 2001 - click for larger image The male is black apart from its chestnut breast and belly. The underwings are white and you can usually see a small white speculum. The female is brown with a heavy black bill, white under the wings but without a white speculum.

It inhabits the edges of woods and marshes where it can find the seeds on which it feeds.

The male often sings from an exposed perch and the song is a long melodious series of whistled notes. This feature has made the species one of the most highly prized songbirds in Brazil and, while many cage birds are bred from captive stock, it remains highly sought after in the wild for the caged bird trade.

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