Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Many-colored Chaco Finch (Saltator multicolor)


French: Saltator du Chaco German: Chacosaltator Spanish: Pepitero chico

Saltator multicolor


, 1860,

Paraná, Entre Ríos, Argentina


Treated as belonging to Emberizidae in monotypic genus Saltatricula in HBW, but molecular evidence (already mentioned in HBW) has established its position as sister to Saltator atricollis#R#R. Monotypic.


SE Bolivia (E Santa Cruz, Chuquisaca and Tarija), W Paraguay (W of R Paraguay), N Argentina E of foothills (S to C Mendoza, S San Luis, S Córdoba and S Santa Fe, and from C Formosa and C Chaco S to S Corrientes and Entre Ríos) and NW Uruguay, possibly also adjacent SW Brasil (extreme W Rio Grande do Sul#R).

Descriptive notes

18 cm; 20–25 g. A slim finch with long and relatively wide tail, bill moderately thick at base and with convex culmen and gonys. Male has distinctive face pattern, with... read more


Song, given persistently even through heat of day, a repetitive and simple warble, “vera-vera... read more


Open chaco woodland, particularly along road edges, edges of fields and in more open and... read more

Food and feeding

Not well known. Appears to have a mixed diet including insects and seed. Forages both on ground and in low shrubs. Often in pairs or in... read more


Season Nov–Mar. Nest a cup of dry grass and fibres, secured to leaves, clump of grass or sometimes small twigs from 20 cm to 1·2 m above... read more


Largely resident; possibly a partial migrant, as suggested by variation in abundance at N end of... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Common to abundant throughout most parts of range. Continues to sing through hottest part of day, which can make it one of the most obvious species,... read more

Recommended citation

Jaramillo, A. (2020). Many-colored Chaco Finch (Saltator multicolor). 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 28 January 2020).