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

    12·5–14 cm; 20·4–24·2 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 variable and siskin (Spinus)-like, 2–4 seconds in duration, a series of rough trills... read more


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

    Food and feeding

    Virtually no information on diet; appears to concentrate on foraging for seeds and in NW Argentina observed foraging on seeds of ... 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, but seasonal elevational movements reported from Bolivia.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Common to abundant in most of range, being the most numerous Sicalis in most areas of Chile, but considered to be generally... read more

    Recommended citation

    Jaramillo, A. & Kirwan, G.M. (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 14 December 2019).