Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)


Cochabamba Mountain-finch (Poospiza garleppi)


French: Chipiu de Cochabamba German: Cochabamba-Finkentangare Spanish: Monterita de Cochabamba

Compsospiza garleppi


, 1893,

Vacas, Cochabamba, Bolivia


See P. baeri. Monotypic.


Cochabamba, adjacent N Potosí and recently recorded in Chuquisaca (Órganos Punta#R), C & SC Bolivia.

Descriptive notes

17–18 cm. Rather large and heavy finch with long tail, but stocky and thickset body. Most of head and upperparts are leaden grey, with bold orange-rufous forehead,... read more


Males has two song types: one given near nest, and while female building, a series of 3–5... read more


Humid inter-Andean valleys with moist ravines near tree-line, in narrow transitional zone between... read more

Food and feeding

No information on diet. Forages low in shrubbery and on ground.


Breeds in rainy season, Jan–Apr; generally single-brooded, but will renest if first attempt fails. Nest built by female, male helping... read more



Status and conservation

ENDANGERED. Uncommon to rare in Cochabamba; locally frequent in Potosí. Estimated global population in 1990s between 400 and 4000 individuals, and declining. Rate of... read more

Recommended citation

Jaramillo, A. & Sharpe, C.J. (2020). Cochabamba Mountain-finch (Poospiza garleppi). 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).