Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)


Black-masked Finch (Coryphaspiza melanotis)


French: Coryphaspize à joues noires German: Schwarzkopftangare Spanish: Cachilo enmascarado

Emberizoides melanotis


, 1822,

Ipanema, São Paulo, Brazil


Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. m. marajoara Sick, 1967 – Marajó I (mouth of R Amazon in Pará), in N Brazil.
  • C. m. melanotis (Temminck, 1822) – extreme SE Peru (Madre de Dios), E Bolivia (La Paz and Beni), C & EC Brazil (S Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul and NE Paraná E to Minas Gerais and São Paulo), E Paraguay, and NE Argentina (Corrientes).
  • Records from Rio Grande do Norte#R (Brazil) have not been identified to subspecies.

    Descriptive notes

    13·5 cm; 15·6–15·8 g. A relatively thickset finch, with rather long and graduated tail, stout thick-based bill with gently curved culmen. Nominate... read more


    Song high-pitched and insect-like, a set of paired notes so closely spaced as to sound like one... read more


    Tall-grass habitats with scattered low shrubs; requires relatively open grassland, and is absent if... read more

    Food and feeding

    No information on diet. Foraging on ground under tall grass; sometimes forages in more open areas at edge of grassland or on bare earth.... read more


    No information. Season probably Sept–Dec.



    Status and conservation

    VULNERABLE. Uncommon to rare, and very local, and decreasing. Known from three disjunct regions: cerrado of S Brazil, SE Peru, E Bolivia, E Paraguay and N Argentina... read more

    Recommended citation

    Jaramillo, A. & Sharpe, C.J. (2019). Black-masked Finch (Coryphaspiza melanotis). 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 14 December 2019).