August 5, 2019 Birds from Colombia

Yellow-bellied Seedeaters are common residents of grassland and agricultural areas from Costa Rica through to Brazil, although they are absent from much of the Amazon Basin. In Colombia is found throughout the Country except in drier regions north of the Andes and the Amazon. 

Sporophila nigricolli, Yellow-bellied Seedeater, © Victoria Restrepo

It is granivorous and feeds almost exclusively on grass seeds. Outside the reproductive season, he looks for food in mixed bands with other species.

Sporophila nigricolli, Yellow-bellied Seedeater, © Victoria Restrepo

They reach sexual maturity at ten months; they live as a couple in the breeding season and build a cup-shaped nest with grasses, fibers, branches, and spider webs at low heights over low bushes. The female lays 2 to 3 light green eggs with brown spots. The incubation lasts 13 days.


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