Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Black-and-chestnut Warbling-finch (Poospiza whitii)


French: Chipiu noiron German: Rotbrust-Finkentangare Spanish: Monterita sietevestidos andina

Poospiza whitii

P. L. Sclater

, 1883,

Cosquín, Córdoba, Argentina


Usually treated as conspecific with P. nigrorufa, but differs in its dark slaty-grey vs dark olive-grey upperparts (1); dark chestnut vs milky-rufous chin to breast and flanks (3); twice as much white on the tips of the outer rectrices (2); smaller bill (effect size –2.3, score 2). Race wagneri poorly differentiated from whitii, and perhaps better synonymized. Split recently given support by molecular analysis#R. Two subspecies currently recognized.

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Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. w. wagneri Stolzmann, 1926 – La Paz (around Mt Chulumaní), in W Bolivia.
  • P. w. whitii P. L. Sclater, 1883 – Bolivia (Cochabamba, Santa Cruz, Chuquisaca and Tarija) and NW & NC Argentina (Salta, Jujuy and Tucumán S to E San Juan and N Mendoza, also W Córdoba and highlands of San Luis).
  • Descriptive notes

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    Recommended citation

    del Hoyo, J. & Collar, N. (2019). Black-and-chestnut Warbling-finch (Poospiza whitii). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 19 May 2019).