Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Cinereous Warbling-finch (Microspingus cinereus)


French: Tangara à tête cendrée German: Grauscheitel-Finkentangare Spanish: Monterita cinérea

Poospiza cinerea


, 1850,

Minas Gerais, Brazil


See M. melanoleucus. Monotypic.


S interior Brazil from C Mato Grosso E to S Goiás, Minas Gerais and N São Paulo.

Descriptive notes

13 cm; 8·4–15·2 g. A small, compact and relatively short-tailed warbling-finch with small, triangular bill. Male has forehead, crown and nape grey,... read more


Song apparently unrecorded; high-pitched lively warbles described, possibly song. Call a muffled... read more


Occupies cerrado woodlands, open dry woodlands and scrub; thought to like fairly open... read more

Food and feeding

It forages gleaning in foliage, flowers and fruits, at variable heights, attacking mostly small invertebrates; insects identified in field... read more


A nest in Minas Gerais was a low cup in the fork of an Australian pine (Casuarina equisetifolia) at a roadside, c. 3 m above... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Formerly considered Vulnerable. Uncommon to rare, and locally distributed. Suspected to have suffered rapid and continuing decline... read more

Recommended citation

Jaramillo, A. & de Juana, E. (2019). Cinereous Warbling-finch (Microspingus cinereus). 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 14 December 2019).