Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Grey-breasted Warbling-finch (Microspingus cabanisi)


French: Tangara à collier gris German: Graubrust-Finkentangare Spanish: Monterita de Cabanis
Other common names: Grey-throated Warbling-finch

Poospiza cabanisi


, 1850,

Paraguay = probably Bonpland, Misiones, Argentina


See M. lateralis. Monotypic.


SE Paraguay, NE Argentina (Misiones and Corrientes S through Entre Ríos to extreme NE Buenos Aires), SE Brazil (S São Paulo and Paraná S to Rio Grande do Sul) and Uruguay.

Descriptive notes

15 cm; 18–21 g. A medium-sized warbling-finch with somewhat stout, yet point-tipped bill. Male has head grey, darker on crown, with slightly paler grey to white narrow... read more


Song a series of 4–5 repeated notes, high-pitched and with sibilant timbre, “tcheew... read more


Riparian forest, gallery forest, humid forest edge, and open woodlands; from sea-level up to 500 m. read more

Food and feeding

Invertebrates and seeds. Forages usually within 2 m of ground, rarely on ground. Forages alone and in pairs; also in small groups during... read more


Season Oct–Dec. Nest a cup made from vegetable fibres. Clutch 3 eggs, blue-green with black blotches. Often parasitized by Shiny... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Fairly common throughout its reasonably extensive range.

Recommended citation

Jaramillo, A. (2020). Grey-breasted Warbling-finch (Microspingus cabanisi). 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).