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Strange Tails

We're delighted to have a strong population of strange-tailed tyrants at the reserve. So much so that we've adopted these beautiful and endangered birds as the symbol of the Trust

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Double-collared Seedeater

Double-collared Seedeater

Sporophila caerulescens

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The Double-collared Seedeater is the most common of the Sporophila species that we see at Reserva Don Luis.  As it's name suggests it lives on seed and has a beak adapted for this job.  Therefore it is surprising to me that I have seen these birds inside the wooded areas on more than one occasion.

This is an attractively marked small bird of some 10cm.  It has a plumbeous back and a white breast and belly.  It has a black chin and below, a black breastband giving the impression of a white collar.  The bill is yellow.

The female is similar to all the other Sporophila females - plain with little colour or pattern.

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