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Subspecies intermedia
Photo © by rka
Carlsen Field, Trinidad, 24 August 2019
Sporophila intermedia


11 cm (4¼ in)

  • Pale bill
  • Rounded culmen
  • Grey overall plumage

Females and young birds brownish with dusky bills

Similar Species

Slate-colored Seedeater


Trinidad and South America
South America: Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Brazil.

On a local scale, Gray Seedeater and Wing-barred Seedeater seems to exclude each others presence.


Gray Seedeater, Variable Seedeater, Wing-barred Seedeater, and Caqueta Seedeater are best viewed as a superspecies of closely related species.


There are 3 subspecies[1]:

  • S. i. bogotensis (agustini):
  • Colombia (Western Andes, Magdalena and Cauca valleys)
  • S. i. anchicayae:
  • Colombia (valley of the Río Anchicayá in Valle)
  • S. i. intermedia:


Urban and rural regions. Grassy areas, dry to humid habitat, gallery forest borders.



Their main diet consists of seeds, with nectar and small arthropods also taken.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. SACC proposal to recognize Caqueta Seedeater
  4. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved May 2014)
  5. Gray Seedeater (Sporophila intermedia), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/grysee1

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