Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Buff-bridled Inca-finch (Incaspiza laeta)


French: Incaspize à moustaches German: Schwarzstirn-Kaktustangare Spanish: Incaspiza bigotudo

Haemophila laeta


, 1895,

Cajabamba, Cajamarca, Peru




Upper Marañón Valley in S Cajamarca, SW Amazonas, E La Libertad and adjacent NE Ancash, in NW Peru.

Descriptive notes

14·5 cm; 19·5–23·5 g. A longish-tailed finch with slim, pointed bill. Has grey head and nape; blackish mask extending broadly to forehead and covering much of face, including... read more


Song unrecorded. Call a high “tseet”, often repeated; gives dry rasping, scold like that of a wren... read more


Dry woodland with Bombax trees, cacti and thorn-scrub; 1000–2750 m.

Food and feeding

No information on diet. Forages on ground and in bushes and trees; not so shy as other members of genus. Singly and in pairs.


Birds in breeding condition mid-Apr to mid-Jun. No other information.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Fairly common. Has small range, within which no threats as yet identified.

Recommended citation

Jaramillo, A. (2018). Buff-bridled Inca-finch (Incaspiza laeta). 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 22 January 2018).