Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Black-crested Finch (Lophospingus pusillus)


French: Lophospingue à huppe noire German: Schwarzhaubentangare Spanish: Soldadito común

Gubernatrix pusilla


, 1860,

Tucumán, Argentina


See L. griseocristatus. Monotypic.


S Bolivia (S Santa Cruz, E Chuquisaca and E Tarija) and W Paraguay S to C Argentina (Salta and Formosa S to E San Juan, N San Luis and W Córdoba).

Descriptive notes

14 cm; 14–20·5 g. A relatively slim-looking finch with long tail, bill triangular and robust for size of the bird, and head obviously crested. Male has striking, bold black-... read more


Flocks may give jumbled busy set of calls, reminiscent of a flock of Budgerigars (Melopsittacus... read more


Open chaco woodland and forest edge, including grassy pastures and roadsides adjacent to... read more

Food and feeding

Little information. Feeds on seeds and arthropods. Forages on ground, often in pairs or small flocks.


Nest built by male, a cup-shaped structure of vegetable fibres and lichens tangled with spider webs, and lined with rootlets, animal hair... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Generally uncommon and local; reasonably abundant in some places. No known threats.

Recommended citation

Jaramillo, A. (2020). Black-crested Finch (Lophospingus pusillus). 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 23 January 2020).