French: Incaspize charbonnier German: Karbontangare Spanish: Yal carbonero
Other common names:
d’Orbigny and Lafresnaye
C Argentina from Córdoba, Mendoza, San Luis and W & SW Buenos Aires S to C & E Chubut; non-breeding also N to S Salta.
14·5 cm; 16·1–18 g. A relatively small, long-tailed sierra-finch with thick-based, long conical bill. Male has face blackish, crown to back dark cold grey, streaked blackish... read more
Song, in flight display, a high-pitched buzzy trill 2 seconds long, “tz-tz-tz-tz-tzee-tzee-tzee”.... read more
Shrubby Patagonian steppe during breeding; at other times various open shrubby habitats, sometimes... read more
Food and feeding
Diet a mix of seeds and arthropods, proportion of latter increasing during breeding season. In Mendoza, 96% of seeds eaten were those of... read more
Breeds during austral spring to summer, about Oct to Feb. In song flight male ascends as high as 15 m, and descends in gliding flight while... read more
Partially migratory, but details of movements unclear. Some of S populations, at least, move N... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Reasonably common throughout its large breeding range. Populations of this species probably under increased pressure owing to more industrialized... read more
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