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

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


Song of nominate race a pleasant and melodious repeated series of 3 notes, with resonant quality,... read more


Nominate race found in shrubby areas and woodlands, including hackberry (Celtis tala)... read more

Food and feeding

Little information on diet. Forages on ground, or near ground. Often found in pairs; race whitii often forms part of mixed-species... read more


Nests recorded Oct–Jan in NE Argentina; eggs recorded in Jan in La Paz (Bolivia, race wagneri), and in Argentina egg dates... read more


Largely sedentary. Race whitii apparently makes seasonal movements in drier parts of its... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Nominate race common; whitii fairly common in most of range, patchy and uncommon in N part; wagneri uncommon.

Recommended citation

Jaramillo, A. (2019). 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 19 March 2019).