Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Collared Warbling-finch (Poospiza hispaniolensis)


French: Chipiu à col noir German: Schwarzbrust-Finkentangare Spanish: Monterita collareja

Poospiza hispaniolensis


, 1850,

Santo Domingo; error = Peru


HBW called for further evidence to determine whether relationship with very similar-looking Microspingus torquatus (formerly in Poospiza) is real or illusory; recent molecular study confirms that the similarity is due merely to convergence#R. Monotypic.


SW Ecuador (SW Manabí, W Guayas, also rarely S Loja and S El Oro), and coastal slope of Peru from Tumbes S to Arequipa.

Descriptive notes

13·5 cm; one male 16·5 g. A small, compact warbling-finch with relatively short and triangular bill. Male has grey crown, black stripe on sides of crown meeting centrally on... read more


Loud, vigorous whistled song “twik, swick-sweeu”, reminiscent of that of Golden-billed Saltator (... read more


Desert scrub, particularly with dense shrub layer and near water; riparian scrub. Found also in... read more

Food and feeding

Feeds largely on invertebrates. Forages both in low trees and on or near ground in dense vegetation. Generally in pairs; does not associate... read more


In Ecuador, egg dates mid-Feb to mid-May, following onset of rainy season, but song activity during dry season (Jul–Sept); single-brooded,... read more


Appears to move depending on rainfall patterns; in SW Ecuador, numbers increase at start of rainy... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Locally common, abundant on I de la Plata (Ecuador); scarce at S end of range in Peru. No significant threats known.

Recommended citation

Jaramillo, A. (2019). Collared Warbling-finch (Poospiza hispaniolensis). 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 19 May 2019).