French: Cataménie maculée German: Spiegelsamenfresser Spanish: Semillero colifajado
d’Orbigny and Lafresnaye
Sicasica and Cochabamba, Bolivia
Subspecies and Distribution
C. a. alpica
Bangs, 1902 – Santa Marta Mts, in N Colombia.
C. a. schistaceifrons
Chapman, 1915 – C parts of C & E Andes of Colombia.
C. a. soderstromi
Chapman, 1924 – Ecuador (W slope and inter-Andean valleys).
C. a. analoides
(Lafresnaye, 1847) – W slope of Andes of Peru (Piura S to Ayacucho).
C. a. griseiventris
Chapman, 1919 – SW Peru (Cuzco S to Tacna).
C. a. insignis
J. T. Zimmer, 1930 – E slope of Peruvian Andes (Cajamarca S to Ancash).
C. a. analis
(d’Orbigny & Lafresnaye, 1837) – extreme N Chile (Arica–Parinacota), highland Bolivia (La Paz E to W Santa Cruz, S to Tarija), and NW & EC Argentina (Jujuy and Salta S to Mendoza and La Pampa, and highlands of Córdoba; also Sierra de la Ventana in SW Buenos Aires).
12–14·5 cm; 10·3–16·6 g. A small emberizid with short conical bill as long as it is deep, but with only moderately rounded culmen. Male... read more
Song a buzzy trill, “bzzzzzzzz” or “trrrrrrrr”, lasting c. 1 second,... read more
Inhabits cultivated areas, including edge of agricultural fields, pastures, villages and edges of... read more
Food and feeding
Seeds, with apparent liking for seeds of composites; also eats berries and insects. Forages on ground and in low vegetation; often perches... read more
Fledglings found in May (Moquegua) and Jun (Amazonas) in Peru and in Sept in Colombia (Boyacá); breeding appears to take place in Mar–May (... read more
Largely resident. In C Argentina evidence of some downslope movements in winter, some reaching W... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Fairly common to common, and locally abundant. Has large range, high abundance, and no evidence of any significant population declines.
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