French: Diuca gris German: Diucatangare Spanish: Diuca común
Subspecies and Distribution
D. d. crassirostris
Hellmayr, 1932 – NC Chile (Antofagasta S to Coquimbo), extreme S Bolivia (SE Potosí) and N Argentina (Jujuy and Salta S to La Rioja).
D. d. diuca
(Molina, 1782) – C & SC Chile (Coquimbo S to Aysén) and adjacent Argentina (Mendoza S to Santa Cruz).
D. d. minor
Bonaparte, 1850 – C & S Argentina (Córdoba, San Luis and S Buenos Aires S through E Mendoza to Santa Cruz) and S Chile (N Magallanes); non-breeding also N to NE Argentina (Tucumán and Entre Ríos), S Brazil (W Rio Grande do Sul) and Uruguay.
D. d. chiloensis
R. A. Philippi [Bañados] & Peña, 1964 – Chiloé I (SC Chile).
16–18 cm; 25–41 g. A medium-sized finch with thickset body, and stout bill with rounded culmen. Male nominate race has head mostly dark grey, slightly darker on lores, narrow... read more
Song musical and pleasant, 4–5 notes delivered lazily, with final element accented, “tiuup tween... read more
Occupies wide diversity of open or semi-open and edge habitats, including agricultural areas, rural... read more
Food and feeding
Diet seeds, particularly grass seeds (80% of food in stomach samples from Argentina), and invertebrates, proportions varying depending on... read more
Season Sept–Feb in Chile and Nov–Jan in NC Argentina; up to three broods in a season in C & S Chile, single-brooded in... read more
Mostly resident. S Argentine race (minor) appears to be at least partially migratory;... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common to locally abundant in much of Chile and W & S Argentina. Subjective observations in SC Chile suggest that this species is not as common... read more
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