Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Patagonian Yellow-finch (Sicalis lebruni)


French: Sicale de Patagonie German: Magellangilbtangare Spanish: Chirigüe austral

Pseudochloris lebruni


, 1891,

Misioneros, Santa Cruz, Patagonia, Argentina


Once thought to be close to or even conspecific with S. olivascens, but differs significantly in plumage, shape, structure and vocalizations, and now known to be only distantly related#R. What originally appeared to be an isolated population of present species was recently discovered in EC Argentina, in Sierra de la Ventana (S Buenos Aires); later suggested to be some form of Sicalis auriventris, but nesting habits are different from those of both species; investigation needed. Monotypic.


S Argentina (S from S Río Negro) and extreme S Chile (from NE Magallanes) S to N Tierra del Fuego.

Descriptive notes

14 cm; 23·1–26·6 g. A relatively large headed yellow-finch with proportionately small and short bill; long-winged, with noticeably long primary extension. Male typically has... read more


Song relatively fast and harsh, but warbled, lasting 2–4 seconds, “twipa-twipa chup twipa trrrr... read more


Dry Patagonian steppe, with bunch-grass adjacent to more open flat zones with pebbles and low... read more

Food and feeding

Seeds and small insects. Forages on ground. Most often found in pairs or small flocks of 4–8 individuals, rarely up to 20.


Season Nov–Feb. Digs tunnel in earthen bank and builds nest at end of this; gravel pits, road cuts and probably riverbanks often used for... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Uncommon throughout much of its range.

Recommended citation

Jaramillo, A. (2019). Patagonian Yellow-finch (Sicalis lebruni). 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).