White-collared Seedeater (Sporophila torqueola morelleti) 26 January 2011, Crooked Tree Village, Belize District, Belize.

These birds were common, often in flocks, in weedy areas and roadsides. This species is divided into two subspecies groups. The "cinnamon-rumped" group lacks wing-bars and is confined to the Pacific Coast of southern Mexico. The "white-collared" group consists of three subspecies ranging from southern Texas to Panama. Some authors split these groups into two species, Cinnamon-rumped Seedeater and Morellet's Seedeater respectively.

These "white-collared" birds have fairly conspicuous wing-bars as seen here. Immature males resemble females but usually have a white spot at the bases of the primaries which females lack. For this reason, I think this bird is probably an adult female, although its wing-bars are whiter, less buffy, than usual.

Digiscoped with Panasonic DMC-LZ5 | Nikon FieldScope III | 30XWA | hand-held (no adapter)
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