Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Carbon Sierra-finch (Corydospiza carbonaria)


Taxonomy

French: Incaspize charbonnier German: Karbontangare Spanish: Yal carbonero
Other common names: Carbonated Sierra-finch, Carbon Finch
Taxonomy:

Emberiza carbonaria

d’Orbigny and Lafresnaye

, 1837,

Patagonia

.

Monotypic.

Distribution:

C Argentina from Córdoba, Mendoza, San Luis and W & SW Buenos Aires S to C & E Chubut; non-breeding also N to S Salta.

Descriptive notes

14·5 cm; 16·1–18 g. A relatively small, long-tailed sierra-finch with thick-based, long conical bill. Male has face blackish, crown to back dark cold grey, streaked blackish... read more

Voice

Song, in flight display, a high-pitched buzzy trill 2 seconds long, “tz-tz-tz-tz-tzee-tzee-tzee”.... read more

Habitat

Shrubby Patagonian steppe during breeding; at other times various open shrubby habitats, sometimes... read more

Food and feeding

Diet a mix of seeds and arthropods, proportion of latter increasing during breeding season. In Mendoza, 96% of seeds eaten were those of... read more

Breeding

Breeds during austral spring to summer, about Oct to Feb. In song flight male ascends as high as 15 m, and descends in gliding flight while... read more

Movements

Partially migratory, but details of movements unclear. Some of S populations, at least, move N... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Reasonably common throughout its large breeding range. Populations of this species probably under increased pressure owing to more industrialized... read more

Recommended citation

Jaramillo, A. (2017). Carbon Sierra-finch (Corydospiza carbonaria). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from http://www.hbw.com/node/62032 on 20 August 2017).