Justification of Red List Category
This species has an extremely large range, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion (extent of occurrence <20,000 km2 combined with a declining or fluctuating range size, habitat extent/quality, or population size and a small number of locations or severe fragmentation). The population trend appears to be stable, and hence the species does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population trend criterion (>30% decline over ten years or three generations). The population size is very large, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population size criterion (<10,000 mature individuals with a continuing decline estimated to be >10% in ten years or three generations, or with a specified population structure). For these reasons the species is evaluated as Least Concern.
The population is suspected to be declining owing to trapping pressure.
This species occurs from Venezuela east to the Guianas and up the Amazon River in Brazil to the confluence with the River Tapajos. It is considered rare in Venezuela and scarce to locally uncommon in Guyana, but remains common in Surinam and French Guiana.
This species occurs in open areas, including heavily disturbed agricultural habitats, and is restricted to very low lying areas (below 50 m in Venezuela).
The species is trapped for the bird trade in many parts of its range (N. de Pracontal in litt. 2007, O. Ottema in litt. 2007).
Text account compilers
Temple, H., Gilroy, J.
BirdLife International (2021) Species factsheet: Sporophila americana. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 16/10/2021. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2021) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 16/10/2021.