Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Cinereous Finch (Piezorina cinerea)


French: Piézorhin cendré German: Dickschnabel-Grautangare Spanish: Yal cinéreo

Guiraca cinerea


, 1843,

Galapagos Islands; error = coastal north-west Peru


Genus name often spelt “Piezorhina”, but this is an unjustified emendation; original spelling should stand. Monotypic.


NW Peru from Tumbes S to La Libertad.

Descriptive notes

16·5 cm. Distinctive, relatively large and thickset emberizid with peculiar large and thick, rounded-looking bill with strongly rounded culmen. Has head mostly pale grey,... read more


Song a jerky series of rich, short squeaky phrases. Calls include “teep” and “tee-too”, as well as... read more


Occupies open, arid, sandy habitats with short shrubs and small and scattered trees; present up to... read more

Food and feeding

Seen to forage on the ground in singles and pairs. No other information.


Eggs reported in May–Jun, the transitional period between rainy and dry seasons. Nest a well-built cup of yellowish plant fibres, secured... read more


Generally sedentary. One record of vagrant in extreme S Ecuador (S Loja).

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Tumbesian Region EBA. Common within its small range and limited habitat. Not well known; apparently no immediate... read more

Recommended citation

Jaramillo, A. (2020). Cinereous Finch (Piezorina cinerea). 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 21 February 2020).