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