Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Chestnut-breasted Mountain-finch (Poospizopsis caesar)


Taxonomy

French: Tangara césar German: Grauflanken-Finkentangare Spanish: Monterita pechicastaña
Taxonomy:

Poospiza cæsar

P. L. Sclater and Salvin

, 1869,

Tinta, Cuzco, Peru

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Monotypic.

Distribution:

Andes of extreme NE Ayacucho#R, Apurímac and Cuzco, in SE Peru.

Descriptive notes

17–18·5 cm. A large and relatively stocky, robust finch with long, stout bill. Has black forehead and mask, strongly contrasting narrow white supercilium... read more

Voice

Song a rich and variable warble with squeaky timbre, not unlike song of Golden-billed Saltator (... read more

Habitat

Highland scrub and low woodlands in semi-arid zone, including secondary growth and edge situations... read more

Food and feeding

No details of diet. Forages mostly on ground, otherwise skulking through dense vegetation close to ground; more terrestrial than congeners... read more

Breeding

Males defending territories in Mar in Cuzco and male in breeding condition in Apr. No other information.

Movements

Sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Locally fairly common. No significant threats identified.

Recommended citation

Jaramillo, A. (2019). Chestnut-breasted Mountain-finch (Poospizopsis caesar). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/62069 on 21 April 2019).