Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Common Diuca-finch (Diuca diuca)


French: Diuca gris German: Diucatangare Spanish: Diuca común

Fringilla Diuca


, 1782,



Has appeared in genus Hedyglossa in recent years, but this unnecessary. Four subspecies recognized.

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).
  • Introduced on Easter I#R.

    Descriptive notes

    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... read more


    Song musical and pleasant, 4–5 notes delivered lazily, with final element accented, “... 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

    Recommended citation

    Jaramillo, A. & de Juana, E. (2019). Common Diuca-finch (Diuca diuca). 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 7 December 2019).