Black-bellied Seedeater (Sporophila melanogaster): uplist from Near Threatened to Vulnerable?

This discussion was first published as part of the 2016 Red List update. At the time a decision regarding its status was pended, but to enable potential reassessment of this species as part of the 2017 Red List update this post remains open and the date of posting has been updated.

BirdLife species factsheet for Black-bellied Seedeater

Black-bellied Seedeater is endemic to south-east Brazil, occurring in west Minas Gerais and south Goiás, south to Rio Grande do Sul. The species is listed as Near Threatened, approaching the thresholds for Vulnerable under A2c+3c+4c. It is thought to be experiencing a moderately rapid population decline owing to habitat loss and degradation, although it remains common in existing areas of suitable habitat. The global population size has not been quantified, but this species is described as ‘uncommon’ (Stotz et al. 1996).

In the Brazilian Red List assessment for birds (MMA 2014) this species is listed as Vulnerable under C1. It is estimated that there are <10,000 mature individuals with a continuing population decline of at least 10% within three generations (14 years) due to heavy pressure from the cage bird trade together with habitat loss in breeding areas and along the species’s migratory route. The species’s assessment on the Brazilian Red List can be accessed here.

Up-to-date information is requested on the species’s likely population size and trend. Confirmation that the population is <10,000 mature individuals and undergoing a continuing decline of at least 10% over 14 years (three generations) would likely qualify the species for listing as Vulnerable under criterion C1. Comments on the proposed uplisting are welcome.



MMA (2014) Lista Nacional Oficial de Espécies da Fauna Ameaçadas de Extinção. Portaria No 444, de 17 de dezembro de 2014. Diário Oficial da União – Seção 1. Nº 245, quinta-feira, 18 de dezembro de 2014.

Stotz, D. F.; Fitzpatrick, J. W.; Parker, T. A.; Moskovits, D. K. 1996. Neotropical birds: ecology and conservation. University of Chicago Press, Chicago.

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One Response to Black-bellied Seedeater (Sporophila melanogaster): uplist from Near Threatened to Vulnerable?

  1. James Westrip (BirdLife) says:

    Based on available information, our proposal for the 2016 Red List would be to pend the decision on this species and keep this discussion open until 2017, while leaving the current Red List category unchanged in the 2016 update.

    Final 2016 Red List categories will be published on the BirdLife and IUCN websites in early December, following further checking of information relevant to the assessments by both BirdLife and IUCN.

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