Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Grey-crested Finch (Lophospingus griseocristatus)


French: Lophospingue gris German: Grauhaubentangare Spanish: Soldadito gris

Emberiza griseo-cristata

d’Orbigny and Lafresnaye

, 1837,

Valle Grande, Santa Cruz, Bolivia


Formerly accorded its own genus, Schistospiza, but exhibits obvious plumage similarities to, and no structural differences from, L. pusillus, and molecular analysis places them close together#R#R. Monotypic.


W & S Bolivia (E La Paz, E & S through C Cochabamba, W Santa Cruz, W Chuquisaca and W Tarija) and extreme N Argentina (E Jujuy and N Salta).

Descriptive notes

14 cm; 13·1–20·2 g. Pale grey to brownish emberizid with relatively deep-based bill, and a crest usually kept lowered. Head is plain grey, with darker crest; upperparts grey... read more


Song consists of 3–4 different elements given in bouts of average of six elements, quality of song... read more


Desert and near-desert habitats in dry intermontane valleys, also dry scrub with taller cactus and... read more

Food and feeding

Diet not studied; appears to be a mix of seeds and arthropods. Forages on ground in small flocks.


Little known. In Bolivia, juveniles observed in Dec and Jun (Cochabamba) and in Apr (Santa Cruz). No other information available.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Locally common in Bolivia; much rarer in Argentina. A poorly known species.

Recommended citation

Jaramillo, A. (2019). Grey-crested Finch (Lophospingus griseocristatus). 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).