Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Lesser Grass-finch (Emberizoides ypiranganus)


French: Petit Tardivole German: Olivmantel-Grastangare Spanish: Coludo chico

Emberizoides macrourus ypiranganus

H. von Ihering and R. von Ihering

, 1907,

Campos de Jordão, Serra de Itatiaya and Ypirangana, São Paulo, Brazil


In past sometimes treated as conspecific (or confused) with E. herbicola, but the two are sympatric#R. Monotypic.


Paraguay (largely E of R Paraguay), NE Argentina (E Formosa, E Chaco, NE Santa Fe, Corrientes and E Entre Ríos), SE Brazil (S Minas Gerais, S São Paulo, SW Rio de Janeiro and S Paraná S to Rio Grande do Sul) and N & C Uruguay.

Descriptive notes

20 cm; 18·5–22 g. A medium-sized finch with thickset body, though relatively slim appearance owing to very long and pointed tail, and with moderately deep-based bill with... read more


Song, often from concealed perch in vegetation, also from prominent perch, rarely in flight, a... read more


Moist grassland to swampy meadows and marsh, including sedge (Cyperaceae) marsh; found also in... read more

Food and feeding

No information on diet. Forages on ground, usually in grass and difficult to see. Singly and in pairs.


Season Nov–Jan. Little known. Rarely performs aerial song display. Two nests described from Brazil (Serra do Cipó National... read more


Presumably sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Uncommon to fairly common throughout range.

Recommended citation

Jaramillo, A. (2019). Lesser Grass-finch (Emberizoides ypiranganus). 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 13 December 2019).