Here you can see a Yellow-bellied Seedeater (Sporophila nigricollis) resting on a Soursop branch. This seedeater and his large family will keep us company in Kabalebo for the next six months.
Yellow-bellied Seedeaters are thanks to their size (11 cm) and weight (9 gram) considered as small foraging birds. They are seen active during the day on the grass enjoying the small seeds. They are very difficult to photograph as they are also very alert. Once they notice you, they will fly away into the dense vegetation close to the open grass areas.
Since 2012 I have seen the Yellow-bellied Seedeaters paying us a visit. Sometimes I have seen them joining other seedeaters, but most of the time they are seen in a group (20 - 40 the least). They are often spotted on the grass of the airstrip or near the lodges.
The Yellow-bellied Seedeaters keep us usually company between November and May. I still haven't seen any nests of them near the lodge or the airstrip.
Here is another picture of the Yellow-bellied Seedeater. It is clear to see how small he is in comparison with the dry leaf in the background.
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