French: Grand Sicale German: Goldbauch-Gilbtangare Spanish: Chirigüe grande
R. A. Philippi [Krumwiede] and Landbeck
cordilleras of Santiago, Chile
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).
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.
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