Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Chestnut-breasted Mountain-finch (Poospizopsis caesar)


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

Poospiza cæsar

P. L. Sclater and Salvin

, 1869,

Tinta, Cuzco, Peru




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


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


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


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



Status and conservation

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

Recommended citation

Jaramillo, A. (2020). 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 on 23 January 2020).