French: Haplospize plébéien German: Aschbrust-Ammertangare Spanish: Yal plebeyo
no locality = highlands of Junín, Peru.
Three subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
G. p. ocularis
(P. L. Sclater, 1859) – Andes of Ecuador S to N Peru (N of Marañón Valley).
G. p. plebejus
(Tschudi, 1844) – Andes of Peru (S of Marañón Valley), N Chile (S to Antofagasta) and W Bolivia S to NW & WC Argentina (to Mendoza).
G. p. naroskyi
(Nores & Yzurieta, 1983) – NC Argentina (Sierra de Córdoba).
11–11·5 cm; 13–17·4 g. A small, relatively short-tailed sierra-finch. Male nominate race has greyish face, paler grey on lores and supercilium; crown to back brownish-grey... read more
Song a high-pitched, insect-like dry trill followed by shorter “chip” notes, “tzzzzzzzz chip chipa... read more
Various open highland habitats, from flat dry grassy puna to rocky slopes, edge of ... read more
Food and feeding
Primarily seeds, also arthropods. Forages in small flocks on ground; sometimes in mixed flocks with Sicalis olivascens.
Season Oct–Jul, apparently timed to coincide with end of dry season, e.g. Oct–Nov in N Chile, Oct in Bolivia, Jun–Jul in S Peru (and Mar–... read more
Appears to be sedentary.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common or very common throughout its large range. Occurs in some protected areas, such as Lauca National Park and Las Vicuñas National Reserve (N... read more
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