French: Cataménie terne German: Schlichtsamenfresser Spanish: Semillero sencillo
Other common names: Plain Seedeater
More closely related to C. homochroa than to C. analis#R. Four subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
C. i. mucuchiesi
Phelps, Sr & Gilliard, 1941 – páramos of Mérida, in W Venezuela.
C. i. minor
Berlepsch, 1885 – W Venezuela (Táchira) S through Andes of Colombia (E & C ranges) and Ecuador to C Peru (Junín).
C. i. inornata
(Lafresnaye, 1847) – Andes of SW Peru (Cuzco and Puno) and extreme N Chile (N Tarapacá) E to C Bolivia and NW Argentina (S to C Mendoza).
C. i. cordobensis
Nores & Yzurieta, 1983 – NC Argentina (Córdoba).
13·5–14·5 cm; 12·3–14·5 g. A small finch with conical bill as long as it is deep, but with only very slightly rounded culmen. Male... read more
Song, from top of low bush, geographically and individually variable, the most noticeable part a... read more
Open highland grasslands; also Espeletia páramo and puna areas with grass... read more
Food and feeding
Seeds. Forages on ground; also feeds heavily on Espeletia seeds by perching on stems and feeding from exposed seed clusters. In... read more
Eggs and fledglings in Feb in N Argentina (Jujuy); possibly breeds throughout year in Colombia, where males in breeding condition in Jan–... read more
Apparently resident; some nomadic movements in páramo of Venezuela, depending on seed... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Uncommon to fairly common; more local in Venezuela. Reported from extreme N Chile, but no substantiated evidence of its occurrence there. Has large... read more
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