The leafhopper of the north is a passerine bird in the Emberizidae family. Also known as cicada-queen, cicada-beak-de-seal, cicada-papa-papa-rice and grass cicada.
It measures about 11 cm long. The male has slate-gray general color, with white chest and belly, usually out by the garish light yellow discoloration of the nails, and the color and yellow-orange beak. Also noteworthy in adult males, two parallel white stripes on the neck, in the form of "half moon". The young are brown dilute olivaceous, lighter in the lower parts. Adult females have yellowish coloring mustard tone, differing from S. falcirostris SE and S Brazil, of brown color. Her singing is similar to the buzz of a cicada, but at a high level and shrill that the S. falcirostris.
Making a thin-walled nest in cup form, at the end of branches, preferably in high (about 8 m above the ground). Add 2 to 3 gray-white eggs with darker spots and stains having 2 to 4 litters per season. The chicks hatch after 13 days.
It is an unusual species may be more numerous in certain seasons. It inhabits edges of rainforests, barns and gaps in regeneration, always showing some association with arboreal environments. Solitary lives or in scattered pairs, rarely joining other species of birds that feed on seeds. Loudly lands in trees or bamboo. His singing is relatively melodious and is therefore appreciated.