Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Cinnamon Warbling-finch (Poospiza ornata)


French: Chipiu cannelle German: Schmuckfinkentangare Spanish: Monterita canela

Phrygilus ornatus


, 1865,

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.

Descriptive notes

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

Recommended citation

Jaramillo, A. (2019). Cinnamon Warbling-finch (Poospiza ornata). 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 May 2019).