Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Raimondi's Yellow-finch (Sicalis raimondii)


French: Sicale de Raimondi German: Grauflanken-Gilbtangare Spanish: Chirigüe de Raimondi

Sycalis raimondii


, 1874,

vicinity of Lima, Peru


See S. luteola. Monotypic.


Pacific slope in S Peru from Cajamarca S to Tacna; recorded in extreme N Chile (Quebrada de Chiza, in Arica–Parinacota), where status unknown#R,#R.

Descriptive notes

12·5 cm; one female 15·8 g. A small and compact yellow-finch with short rounded bill, moderately long wings and notched tail. Male has largely greyish-olive face, distinct... read more


Song a dry chatter or reedy rattle, “tchitchitchitchitchi”. Calls include dry “djer-djer-djer” and... read more


Arid rocky hillsides, dry grasslands and pastures, at 200–2500 m; sometimes in areas with large... read more

Food and feeding

No information on diet. Forages on ground. Found in small groups during breeding season; in non-breeding period in flocks of 100–1000... read more


Nests in stony gorges; apparently colonial. No other information. Unlike closely related S. luteola, appears not to have an aerial... read more


Field observations suggest shifts in abundance depending on local patterns of fog and rainfall, but... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Locally common in larger flocks, but these ephemeral. No evidence of major population decreases. Has fairly extensive range.

Recommended citation

Jaramillo, A. (2019). Raimondi's Yellow-finch (Sicalis raimondii). 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 13 December 2019).