French: Charitospize charbonnier German: Meisentangare Spanish: Monterita crestada
Fazenda Valo [= Geral do Valo], near frontier of Minas Gerais, Bahia, Brazil
EC Brazil from SE Pará, S Maranhão and NC Piauí, S to SE Mato Grosso, NW São Paulo and W Minas Gerais, and recently found in Rio Grande do Norte, northernmost NE Brazil#R; also found in N & extreme NE Bolivia (Beni, N Santa Cruz) and N Argentina (Tafí del Valle, in Santiago del Estero).
11·5 cm. Small plump-bodied finch with relatively long triangular bill with straight culmen and gonys, and with distinctive thin crest. Male has top of head, including crest... read more
Song pleasant and loud, but tempo resembles that of Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus),... read more
Cerrado habitat with grass, and scattered shrubs and low trees, also caatinga... read more
Food and feeding
Presumably seeds and insects. Forages while on ground, often in patches of bare earth; will also forage in low shrubs. Inconspicuous.... read more
A study in the C Brazil cerrado, based on 44 nests, revealed two discrete breeding peaks within the rainy season, in Sept–... read more
Appears to perform local movements tied to rainfall patterns, as well as following habitats created... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Uncommon and local. Has moderately small global population likely to be declining owing to habitat loss caused... read more
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