Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Mourning Sierra-finch (Rhopospina fruticeti)


French: Incaspize petit-deuil German: Strauchtangare Spanish: Yal pechinegro

Fringilla fruticeti


, 1833,

Valparaíso, Chile


Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • R. f. peruviana (J. T. Zimmer, 1924) – Peru (S Cajamarca S to Puno) and W Bolivia (La Paz).
  • R. f. coracina (P. L. Sclater, 1891) – Altiplano of SW Bolivia (in Oruro and Potosí) and adjacent N Chile in regions of Arica–Parinacota (Visviri) and Tarapacá (Isluga).
  • R. f. fruticeti (Kittlitz, 1833) – Chile from (Arica–Parinacota S to Magallanes) and W & S Argentina (Salta S to Santa Cruz), largely in foothills of Andes.
  • Descriptive notes

    18 cm; 35·1–41·8 g. A stocky and rather large-bodied finch with long tail and medium-sized bill. Male nominate race has head grey, blackish lores, crown... read more


    Song, from bush or in flight, very odd-sounding, loud, mechanical and buzzy, with rasping quality... read more


    Variety of open and semi-open arid habitats. In Andean part of range inhabits shrubby slopes,... read more

    Food and feeding

    Diet a mix of seeds and invertebrates, and will take small fruit when available. In winter studies in C Chile, 98% of food was seeds and... read more


    Breeds in spring and summer in much of range, Oct–Jan in C Chile, slightly later in Patagonia; fledglings in Dec in Bolivia (La Paz) and... read more


    Populations in Peru, Bolivia, NW Argentina and N Chile presumed resident. Those in C Chile move to... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Common throughout its very extensive range. Occurs in various protected sites, such as national parks or national reserves, in much... read more

    Recommended citation

    Jaramillo, A. (2019). Mourning Sierra-finch (Rhopospina fruticeti). 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 12 December 2019).