Family New World Sparrows (Passerellidae)

Least Concern

Large-footed Finch (Pezopetes capitalis)


French: Tohi à grands pieds German: Großfuß-Buschammer Spanish: Cerquero patigrande

Pezopetes capitalis


, 1861,

Costa Rica




Mountains of Costa Rica (Cordillera Central) S to extreme W Panama (W Bocas del Toro and W Chiriquí).

Descriptive notes

17·4–20 cm; 55·8–55·9 g. A chunky, large, dark finch with rather slender bill, and large legs and feet. Forecrown, sides of crown, nape, thin... read more


Song, especially in Apr (less often in May, rarely after Jun) a medley of short, rich warbles and... read more


Forest understorey, bamboo-choked ravines, open stands of bamboo under oaks (Quercus),... read more

Food and feeding

Probably eats a variety of insects, spiders (Araneae), and worms; picks berries from shrubs (e.g. melastomes) and small trees. Forages on... read more


Season Mar–Jun, peaks in Mar–Apr. Nest, a loosely constructed cup of mosses, bamboo leaves and other plants, lined with finer... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: present in Costa Rica and Panama Highlands EBA. Common in Costa Rica in appropriate habitat; fairly common... read more

Recommended citation

Rising, J. (2020). Large-footed Finch (Pezopetes capitalis). 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 18 February 2020).