Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Puna Yellow-finch (Sicalis lutea)


French: Sicale jaune German: Punagilbtangare Spanish: Chirigüe puneño

Emberiza lutea

d’Orbigny and Lafresnaye

, 1837,

Pampas d’Oruro [= Oruro], Bolivia




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


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


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.


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



Status and conservation

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

Recommended citation

Jaramillo, A. (2020). 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 on 21 February 2020).