French: Chipiu cannelle German: Schmuckfinkentangare Spanish: Monterita canela
between Paso Portillo and Melocotón, Mendoza, Argentina
C Argentina from San Juan and La Rioja S through Mendoza, San Luis, N La Pampa and W Buenos Aires; non-breeding also N & E to Salta, Tucumán, Córdoba and N Buenos Aires.
13 cm; 11·8–12·7 g. A relatively stocky and thick-billed warbling-finch. Male has head, including crown and nape, slate-grey, bold pale cinnamon supercilium widening... read more
Song a repeated series of 3–4 notes, timbre of voice with an almost buzzy nature, “tzeew chweew... read more
Arid Monte Desert woodland, and woodland edge; also taller scrub in xeric Andean foothill ravines.... read more
Food and feeding
Primarily seeds of perennial grasses, in particular Sporobolus cryptandrus and Pappophorum, also seeds of Capparis... read more
Nesting in Monte Desert (Mendoza) variable from year to year, e.g. in Ñacuñán did not breed in drier years of 1995–1996 and 1998–1999, but... read more
Partial migrant, some moving N & E after breeding; also, breeding varies from year to year... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Uncommon and local; status at localities changes annually, depending on rainfall patterns and availability of seed stock in environment. At Ñacuñán (... read more
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