Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Greater Yellow-finch (Sicalis auriventris)


French: Grand Sicale German: Goldbauch-Gilbtangare Spanish: Chirigüe grande

Sycalis auriventris

R. A. Philippi [Krumwiede] and Landbeck

, 1864,

cordilleras of Santiago, Chile


See S. lebruni. Monotypic.


Andes of Chile from Antofagasta S at least to Araucanía region, also in Magallanes (Sierra Baguales), and Argentina from at least Mendoza (probably farther N) S to Santa Cruz (Sie­rra Baguales).

Descriptive notes

14·5–15 cm; 50–59 g. A pot-bellied, long-bodied yellow-finch with very long wing, showing very long primary projection; longish bill with straight culmen.... read more


Song an unmusical quavering warble with nasal or buzzy quality, lasting 2–3 seconds, usually... read more


In much of Chile occupies highest, harshest, driest and rockiest alpine terrain available. Common... read more

Food and feeding

Seeds apparently a major component of diet. Forages on ground, both on flat ground and on rocky slopes. In pairs or small flocks; flocks... read more


In Santiago region of Chile season Dec–Feb, with juveniles present as early as late Dec and into Feb; may breed slightly later in far S of... read more


Appears to be partially migratory, but details require confirmation. S from Santiago breeding areas... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Can be common or even abundant locally; uncommon in extreme S of range. Full distribution probably not completely understood.

Recommended citation

Jaramillo, A. (2020). Greater Yellow-finch (Sicalis auriventris). 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).