French: Sicale à béret German: Zwerggilbtangare Spanish: Chirigüe frentinaranja
“Porto Cabello”; error = Ciudad Bolívar, Río Orinoco, Venezuela.
Three subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
S. c. columbiana
Cabanis, 1851 – C Venezuela in delta and basin of R Orinoco, and E Colombia (Meta and Vichada); has bred once on Trinidad.
S. c. goeldii
Berlepsch, 1906 – Amazon Basin of Brazil from about R Purus E to lower R Tapajós and S Amapá.
S. c. leopoldinae
Hellmayr, 1906 – EC Brazil in S Maranhão, Piauí, W Pernambuco, N & W Bahia, Tocantins, Goiás and NW Minas Gerais#R.
11·5 cm; 11·6–16·1 g. A compact yellow-finch with very short tail and wing, large and rounded head, and a bill large for the bird’s size. Male nominate race has yellow head... read more
Song a short and chirpy series of unmusical notes. Call a nasal “zhwit”; flight call described as a... read more
Shrubby zones in riparian sites, usually adjacent to grassy areas; closely tied to water, such as... read more
Food and feeding
No details of diet. Forages on ground, also commonly perches in shrubs and small trees; may obtain some food from arboreal substrates.... read more
Season Jun–Nov in Venezuela; once in Sept in Trinidad. Nest in Venezuela placed in crevice in wall, another in abandoned nesting burrow of... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally fairly common to common. Recorded once in Trinidad, in 1926: several individuals observed, and nesting confirmed. Single old record from NE... read more
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