Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Citron-headed Yellow-finch (Sicalis luteocephala)


French: Sicale à tête jaune German: Graunacken-Gilbtangare Spanish: Chirigüe cabecigualdo

Emberiza luteocephala

d’Orbigny and Lafresnaye

, 1837,

Chuquisaca; error = Totora, Cochabamba, Bolivia




Andes of Bolivia (Cochabamba, W Santa Cruz, Chuquisaca, Potosí and Tarija) and extreme N Argentina (Jujuy).

Descriptive notes

13–14 cm. Moderately long-tailed yellow-finch, bill short and with slight curve on culmen; wings much shorter than otherwise similar S. uropigyalis. Male has... read more


Song pleasing and melodic, notes repeated relatively quickly and switching to another series of... read more


Mosaic of agriculture, grassy patches and highland shrubs on slopes at higher elevations of Andean... read more

Food and feeding

No details of diet; probably seeds. Forages on ground, often in open dirt areas near grassland or agriculture, also in sandy or rocky... read more


Fledglings recorded in May in Bolivia (Cochabamba). Apparently moderately colonial. Nests in hole in earthen bank. No other information.


Appears to be sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Fairly common to locally uncommon. Adapts well to Andean-style agriculture, and found close to small villages, so not adversely affected by low-... read more

Recommended citation

Jaramillo, A. (2020). Citron-headed Yellow-finch (Sicalis luteocephala). 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).