French: Incaspize à queue barrée German: Lerchentangare Spanish: Yal platero
Subspecies and Distribution
C. a. humboldti
(Koepcke, 1963) – SW Ecuador and NW Peru.
C. a. bipartita
(J. T. Zimmer, 1924) – highlands of Ecuador S through coastal slope in Peru to extreme N Chile (Putre, in Arica–Parinacota).
C. a. bracki
(O’Neill & T. A. Parker, 1997) – Huallaga Valley, in C Peru.
C. a. excelsa
(Berlepsch, 1906) – S Peru (highlands of Arequipa and Puno) and W Bolivia.
C. a. venturii
(E. J. O. Hartert, 1909) – NW Argentina Jujuy S to Catamarca; also Córdoba and San Luis).
C. a. alaudina
(Kittlitz, 1833) – C Chile from Antofagasta S to region of Los Ríos.
13·5–14·5 cm; 17–30 g. A medium-sized, slim-shaped sierra-finch with long pointed bill and relatively long tail. Male nominate race has head to... read more
Song, from top of bush or rock, sometimes in flight, geographically variable. In Chile, a 2-note... read more
In C Chile, open grassy slopes, often with exposed rocks and moderate shrub growth; in coastal Peru... read more
Food and feeding
Seeds and invertebrates; studies in winter months in C Chile determined that diet consisted entirely of seeds. On basis of diversity of... read more
Season Sept–Feb (egg dates Sept–Nov) in C Chile; fledglings observed late May in S Peru (Puno), Jun in Bolivia (La Paz) and Mar in... read more
Sedentary in most of range. In Chile, nominate race at least partially migratory, e.g. a breeding... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common to uncommon throughout its large range. Occurs in few protected sites, perhaps one of the largest being La Campana National Park, in C... read more
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