Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Grey-winged Inca-finch (Incaspiza ortizi)


French: Incaspize d’Ortiz German: Streifenrücken-Kaktustangare Spanish: Incaspiza aligrís

Incaspiza ortizi

J. T. Zimmer

, 1952,

near La Esperanza, 1800 m, Cajamarca, Peru


See I. pulchra. Monotypic.


NW Peru, very locally in NE Piura, C Cajamarca and NE La Libertad.

Descriptive notes

16·5 cm; 29–38 g. A longish-tailed finch with slim, pointed bill. Male has mostly grey head, browner on nape, with dark mask that fully surrounds bill, extending narrowly to... read more


Song a series of weak and quavering whistles, one ascending element sounding almost electronic, “... read more


Desert scrub, preferring thick scrub on arid hillsides, particularly those with larger cacti. In... read more

Food and feeding

Feeds on seeds and other plant matter; also insects, including caterpillars. Forages at or near ground in dense vegetation, never moving... read more


Nestlings and juveniles found in Jun–Sept; breeding season likely starts in May. No other information.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: present in Marañón Valley EBA and Peruvian High Andes EBA. Uncommon and local. Until 2011... read more

Recommended citation

Jaramillo, A. & Sharpe, C.J. (2020). Grey-winged Inca-finch (Incaspiza ortizi). 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).