French: Idiopsar leucoptère German: Spiegelammertangare Spanish: Diuca aliblanca
d’Orbigny and Lafresnaye
Subspecies and Distribution
C. s. magnirostre
(Carriker, 1935) – highlands of C Peru (Ancash to Junín and Huancavelica).
C. s. speculiferum
(d’Orbigny & Lafresnaye, 1837) – Andes of SC & S Peru (S from Arequipa, Cuzco and Puno; probably also this race in Ayacucho and Apurímac), N Chile (Arica–Parinacota and Tarapacá) and W Bolivia (La Paz, Cochabamba and NW Oruro), possibly NW Argentina (Jujuy).
17·5–19 cm. A large finch with relatively long, stout bill, thickset body, and very long wings; bold white patches in plumage. Nominate race has head mostly grey, blackish on... read more
Possible song a very simple repetition of various short notes with wide intervals between elements... read more
Breeds in alpine rocky crags and even glaciers, foraging in bofedal wetlands (“cushion... read more
Food and feeding
Diet not studied; likely a mix of arthropods and seeds. Forages on ground, in pairs. Forages with body close to ground, often crouching... read more
Season begins at end of wet season, in Apr, and continues to Aug. Nest a bulky structure of grass and twigs, with well-made, deep cup near... read more
Sedentary. During intense snow storms may temporarily descend to lower elevations, returning... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Reasonably common throughout its range. Because it is restricted to the highest Altiplano region, global warming may restrict its... read more
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