Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Buff-breasted Warbling-finch (Microspingus lateralis)


French: Tangara à collier roux German: Rotbürzel-Finkentangare Spanish: Monterita culirrufa
Other common names: Buff-throated Warbling-finch

Fringilla lateralis


, 1835,

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Until recently thought to be conspecific with M. cabanisi, but separated on basis of considerable differences in plumage and song. Monotypic.


Mountains of Espírito Santo, Rio de Janeiro, N São Paulo and adjacent parts of Minas Gerais, in SE Brazil.

Descriptive notes

15 cm; 16·1–21 g. A medium-sized warbling-finch with somewhat small bill. Male has head grey, darker on crown, with indistinct or almost non-existent pale... read more


Song a series of 4 repeated notes, “tsip tsip tsip-tsip tsip tsap tsip...”, seldom... read more


Moist montane Atlantic Forest, particularly in areas of Podocarpus and Araucaria... read more

Food and feeding

Food appears to be a mix of invertebrates and seeds. In one detailed observation at massive hatch of winged termites (Isoptera) in NE S... read more


No information.


Sedentary; no evidence of altitudinal movements.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Fairly common to common; can be the passerine with the highest density in some areas of PodocarpusAraucaria. Well... read more

Recommended citation

Jaramillo, A. & Bonan, A. (2020). Buff-breasted Warbling-finch (Microspingus lateralis). 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 25 February 2020).