The Variable Seedeater (Sporophila corvina) is a small passerine bird occurring from southern Mexico through Central America up to northwestern South America (including parts of Colombia, Ecuador, and northern Peru). The taxonomy of this species is highly complicated due to comparatively large variations in plumage. Sometimes, it is merged with the Wing-barred Seedeater (Sporophila americana) and discussions on the status of a number of subspecies are still on-going. I photographed the birds on the Pacific side of Panama (on Naos Island near Panama City), where the males have a grey to whitish rump and a white collar, but along the nearby coast of the Caribbean, they are almost entirely black! Females are in general olive-brown and show less variation. The birds are relatively common in semi-open areas such as forest edges or clearings, gardens, and parks. True to their name, they feed mostly on seeds, but also take the occasional flower, bud, berry or insect.