Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Endangered

Plain-tailed Warbling-finch (Microspingus alticola)


Taxonomy

French: Tangara alticole German: Schwarzscheitel-Finkentangare Spanish: Monterita de Cajamarca
Taxonomy:

Poospiza alticola

Salvin

, 1895,

Huamachuco, 10,400 feet [c. 3170 m], La Libertad, Peru

.

Monotypic.

Distribution:

Upper Marañón Valley in S Cajamarca, La Libertad and E Ancash (essentially W of R Marañón, except for sites in W La Libertad), in W Peru.

Descriptive notes

16 cm. A slim and long-tailed warbling-finch with relatively long and finely pointed bill. Male is greyish-olive above, darker on crown; face blackish-brown, bordered above... read more

Voice

Song a warble, rich in quality, “chew tew-tuueee?”. Calls buzzy in nature, sometimes given in rapid... read more

Habitat

Montane scrub, shrubby areas and low woodland, particularly ravines. Found mostly in Polylepis... read more

Food and feeding

Feeds on arthropods; also on sugary secretions from underside of Gynoxys leaves. Forages both in foliage of dense shrubs and on... read more

Breeding

Birds in breeding condition in Sept and juveniles found in Feb–Mar; season possibly Oct–Feb. No other information.

Movements

Sedentary.

Status and conservation

ENDANGERED. Rare to locally uncommon within its restricted range. Has fairly small range, within which remaining area of suitable habitat decreasing, and populations severely... read more

Recommended citation

Jaramillo, A. (2017). Plain-tailed Warbling-finch (Microspingus alticola). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/62061 on 20 November 2017).