Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Black-capped Warbling-finch (Microspingus melanoleucus)


French: Tangara à capuchon noir German: Schwarzwangen-Finkentangare Spanish: Monterita cabecinegra

Emberiza melanoleuca

d’Orbigny and Lafresnaye

, 1837,

Chiquitos, Bolivia


Formerly treated as conspecific with M. cinereus. Monotypic.


SE Bolivia (Cochabamba and Santa Cruz S to E Chuquisaca and E Tarija), W & C Paraguay (except extreme E Alto Paraná), N & NC Argentina (Salta, Jujuy and Formosa S to San Luis, C Córdoba and extreme N Buenos Aires), W Uruguay and SE Brazil (extreme W Rio Grande do Sul).

Descriptive notes

13 cm; 9–15 g. A small, compact and relatively short-tailed warbling-finch with small, triangular bill. Male has black hood from forehead to nape, cleanly demarcated by... read more


Song a high-pitched and monotonously repeated three-part (sometimes four-part) “twasut tsee... read more


Chaco woodlands, espinal (thorny woodlands), savanna and shrub-forest; prefers dense... read more

Food and feeding

Seeds, fruits and flowers; may also take arthropods, particularly during breeding season. Forages largely in shrubbery, scrub and small... read more


Nests found during Oct–Feb In Argentina; nest-building in mid-Nov in Brazil. Nest a cup made from dry grass and vegetable fibres,... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Relatively common, sometimes abundant; widespread. No known threats.

Recommended citation

Jaramillo, A. (2020). Black-capped Warbling-finch (Microspingus melanoleucus). 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 26 February 2020).