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
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.