Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Black-and-rufous Warbling-finch (Poospiza nigrorufa)


French: Chipiu noiroux German: Rötelfinkentangare Spanish: Monterita sietevestidos pampera

Emberiza nigro-rufa

d’Orbigny and Lafresnaye

, 1837,

Santa Fe, Argentina


Usually considered conspecific with P. whitii (see above). Monotypic.


SE Brazil (Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul), Uruguay and NE Argentina (E Formosa, Corrientes and Misiones S to E Córdoba, E La Pampa, E Río Negro and Buenos Aires); non-breeding also SE Paraguay (Ñeembucú, C Paraguay and Alto Paraná regions).

Descriptive notes

13·3–15 cm; 15·5–20·7 g. A medium-sized warbling-finch with rather long and pointed bill, also long and somewhat round-tipped tail. Adult male has crown and face blackish... read more


Song (probably given by male alone, from tallest available perch) a pleasant and melodious repeated... read more


Found in shrubby areas and woodland, including hackberry (Celtis tala) woodlands (known in... read more

Food and feeding

Little information on diet. Forages on or near ground. Often in pairs.


Nests recorded Oct–Jan in NE Argentina and in Oct in S Brazil (Rio Grande do Sul), where male in breeding condition in late Sept and... read more


Largely sedentary. However, mostly recorded in Paraguay during austral winter, suggesting that it... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Generally common.

Recommended citation

Jaramillo, A. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Black-and-rufous Warbling-finch (Poospiza nigrorufa). 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 25 January 2020).