Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Greenish Yellow-finch (Sicalis olivascens)


French: Sicale olivâtre German: Olivbrust-Gilbtangare Spanish: Chirigüe oliváceo

Emberiza olivascens

d’Orbigny and Lafresnaye

, 1837,

La Paz, Bolivia


Until recently considered conspecific with S. mendozae. See also S. lebruni. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • S. o. salvini (C. Chubb, 1919) – N Peru from La Libertad S to Huánuco.
  • S. o. chloris Tschudi, 1846 – W & S Peru (Ancash S to Tacna) and N Chile (Arica–Parinacota S to Coquimbo).
  • S. o. olivascens (d’Orbigny & Lafresnaye, 1837) – SE Peru (Cuzco and Puno) and W & C Bolivia S to NW Argentina (Salta and Jujuy S to N La Rioja).
  • Descriptive notes

    13·5–14 cm; 17·5–24·2 g. A pot-bellied and stocky yellow-finch with relatively short tail, and thick-based, short bill with slightly curved culmen. Male nominate race has... read more


    Song 2–4 seconds in duration, a series of rough trills that tend to descend in frequency (or change... read more


    In N of range found in shrubby puna, often on slopes, venturing to edges of villages or... read more

    Food and feeding

    No information on diet; appears to concentrate on foraging for seeds. Forages on ground; in pairs and in flocks of variable size. Possibly... read more


    Egg dates Dec–Mar, during wet season, in S Peru, N Chile and N Argentina; fledglings in Jun in Bolivia (Cochabamba), suggesting later... read more


    Sedentary in much of range. Argentine race mendozae partially migratory, most moving N to... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Common to abundant in most of range.

    Recommended citation

    Jaramillo, A. (2019). Greenish Yellow-finch (Sicalis olivascens). 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).