Marsh seedeater Sporophila palustris, copyright Cristian Andrei.

Belongs within: Thraupidae.

Sporophila, the seedeaters, is a genus of finch-like birds found in the Neotropical region. Members of this genus have a distinctly short and stubby bill with a strongly curved culmen.

<==Sporophila Cabanis 1827 [incl. Spermophila Swainson 1827; Spermophilinae, Sporophilinae] B94
    |--S. torqueola BKB15
    `--+--+--+--S. plumbea BKB15
       |  |  `--+--S. falcirostris JT12
       |  |     `--S. schistacea BKB15 [=S. grisea schistacea S18]
       |  `--+--Dolospingus fringilloides BKB15
       |     `--+--S. leucoptera BKB15
       |        `--+--S. collaris BKB15
       |           `--+--S. luctuosa BKB15
       |              `--+--S. caerulescens JT12 [=Spermophila caerulescens SS66]
       |                 `--S. nigricollis JT12 [=Spermophila nigricollis SS66]
       `--+--+--S. intermedia BKB15
          |  `--+--S. americana JT12
          |     `--S. corvina JT12
          `--+--+--S. castaneiventris BKB15 [=Spermophila castaneiventris SS66]
             |  `--S. telasco JT12
             `--+--S. minuta JT12
               `--+--S. bouvreuil BKB15
                  `--+--+--S. hypoxantha BKB15
                     |  `--S. palustris BKB15
                     `--+--+--S. cinnamomea BKB15
                        |  `--S. melanogaster JT12
                        `--+--S. nigrorufa BKB15
                           `--+--S. hypochroma JT12
                              `--S. ruficollis JT12

Sporophila incertae sedis:
  S. albogularis JT12
  S. ardesiaca JT12
  S. aurita A61
  S. bouvronides JT12 [=Spermophila bouvronides SS66]
  S. frontalis JT12
  S. gutturalis S18
  S. lineola JT12 [=Spermophila lineola SS66]
  S. melanops JT12
  S. morelleti FS55
    |--S. m. morelleti FS55
    `--S. m. mutanda FS55
  S. murallae JT12
  ‘Spermophila’ ocellata Sclater & Salvin 1866 SS66
  S. peruviana JT12
  S. saturata MS55
  ‘Spermophila’ semicollaris SS66
  S. simplex JT12
  S. zelichi JF06

Sporophila Cabanis 1827 [incl. Spermophila Swainson 1827; Spermophilinae, Sporophilinae]

*Type species of generic name indicated


[A61] Austin, O. L., Jr. 1961. Birds of the World: A survey of the twenty-seven orders and one hundred and fifty-five families. Paul Hamlyn: London.

[B94] Bock, W. J. 1994. History and nomenclature of avian family-group names. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 222: 1–281.

[BKB15] Burleigh, J. G., R. T. Kimball & E. L. Braun. 2015. Building the avian tree of life using a large-scale, sparse supermatrix. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 84: 53–63.

[FS55] Felten, H., & J. Steinbacher. 1955. Zur Vogelfauna von El Salvador. Senckenbergiana Biologica 36 (1–2): 9–19.

[JT12] Jetz, W., G. H. Thomas, J. B. Joy, K. Hartmann & A. Ø. Mooers. 2012. The global diversity of birds in space and time. Nature 491: 444–448.

[JF06] Jønsson, K. A., & J. Fjeldså. 2006. A phylogenetic supertree of oscine passerine birds. Zoologica Scripta 35: 149–186.

[MS55] Mertens, R., & J. Steinbacher. 1955. Die im Senckenberg-Museum vorhandenen Arten ausgestorbener, aussterbender oder seltener Vögel. Senckenbergiana Biologica 36 (3–4): 241–265.

[SS66] Sclater, P. L., & O. Salvin. 1866. Catalogue of birds collected by Mr. E. Bartlett on the River Uyacali, Eastern Peru, with notes and descriptions of new species. Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London 1866: 175–201.

[S18] Stone, W. 1918. Birds of the Panama Canal Zone, with special reference to a collection made by Mr. Lindsey L. Jewel. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 70: 239–280.

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