Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Bright-rumped Yellow-finch (Sicalis uropigyalis)


French: Sicale à croupion jaune German: Goldbürzel-Gilbtangare Spanish: Chirigüe culigualdo

Emberiza uropigyalis

d’Orbigny and Lafresnaye

, 1837,



Proposed race connectens, described from upper Urubamba Valley (Cuzco), in S Peru, doubtfully distinct from nominate. Species name often altered to “uropygialis”, but this is an unjustified emendation. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • S. u. sharpei (Berlepsch & Stolzmann, 1894) – W & C Peru from Cajamarca S to Junín.
  • S. u. uropigyalis (d’Orbigny & Lafresnaye, 1837) – SE Peru (N to at least Cuzco and Arequipa) and highlands of Bolivia S to N Chile (Arica–Parinacota, Tarapacá and Antofagasta) and NW Argentina (Salta, Jujuy and Tucumán).
  • Descriptive notes

    13–14 cm; 21–24·4 g. A stout and long-bodied, relatively short-tailed yellow-finch with very long wings, showing long primary extension on perched bird;... read more


    Song loud and twittering, lasting 2–4 seconds, irregularly ascending and descending, “... read more


    High puna grasslands, including grass–shrub mixture on slopes; may forage in moist ... read more

    Food and feeding

    Few data on diet; presumably mainly seeds and other vegetative material, though a shift to arthropods in breeding season likely. Forages on... read more


    Adults feeding nestlings from Apr to early Jun in Peru, fledglings in Apr in Bolivia (Cochabamba) and nests in Jan–Feb in NW Argentina.... read more


    Apparently sedentary; may perform local or elevational movements in direct response to periods of... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Often fairly common to common. This species has a large range, and adapts well to human presence, being often found near villages or isolated... read more

    Recommended citation

    Jaramillo, A. (2019). Bright-rumped Yellow-finch (Sicalis uropigyalis). 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 May 2019).