Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Puna Yellow-finch (Sicalis lutea)


Taxonomy

French: Sicale jaune German: Punagilbtangare Spanish: Chirigüe puneño
Taxonomy:

Emberiza lutea

d’Orbigny and Lafresnaye

, 1837,

Pampas d’Oruro [= Oruro], Bolivia

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Monotypic.

Distribution:

SE Peru (highlands from SE Cuzco and NE Arequipa E to Puno and Tacna), Bolivian highlands (La Paz, Cochabamba, Oruro and Potosí and W Tarija), extreme NE Chile (Visviri area of Arica–Parinacota) and NW Argentina (dry puna of Jujuy and Salta).

Descriptive notes

13·5–14 cm; 14·6–17·9 g. A stocky and pot-bellied, short-tailed yellow-finch with deep, short bill with straight culmen. Male is golden-yellow throughout, with little... read more

Voice

Song “twu trrrr whipa-whipa trrr whipa-whipa tuii trrr”, slower than that of other highland members... read more

Habitat

Open country in puna, dry grassland and open scrubby sites, usually in flatter sites,... read more

Food and feeding

No information on diet. Forages on ground, in small flocks of 4–20 individuals; tends not to mix with other members of genus.

Breeding

Eggs in Feb in Argentina (Jujuy) and juveniles in Apr in Bolivia (La Paz). May be somewhat colonial, and uses nest-sites or other holes for... read more

Movements

Sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Locally common. Occurs in several national parks and other protected areas in Bolivia.

Recommended citation

Jaramillo, A. (2019). Puna Yellow-finch (Sicalis lutea). 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/62077 on 19 May 2019).