Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Ringed Warbling-finch (Microspingus torquatus)


French: Tangara sanglé German: Bandfinkentangare Spanish: Monterita acollarada

Emberiza torquata

d’Orbigny and Lafresnaye

, 1837,

Sicasica, La Paz, Bolivia


Recent molecular study confirms that present species belongs in a different poospizine clade from that of Poospiza hispaniolensis and that their plumage similarity is due to convergence#R. Hitherto treated as conspecific with M. pectoralis. Monotypic.


C Bolivia (highlands of La Paz, Cochabamba, W Santa Cruz and N Chuquisaca).

Descriptive notes

12–14 cm; 10–13·2 g. A slim warbling-finch with small bill with rather rounded culmen. Male nominate race has crown grey with blackish lateral stripe,... read more


Song of nominate race a series of c. 5 notes given in repeated pattern, sometimes altered with... read more


Arid woodlands, chaco thorn-forest, Monte Desert (both shrublands and open woodlands),... read more

Food and feeding

During breeding season feeds largely on arthropods (in contrast to sympatric P. ornata, which relies on grass seeds); seeds become... read more


Nominate race in breeding condition Jan–Feb; start of egg-laying from mid-Oct to late Dec in drier years, extended to early Feb in wetter... read more


Nominate Andean race mostly sedentary; variation in abundance, from uncommon in austral summer to... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Fairly common to common throughout its extensive range.

Recommended citation

Jaramillo, A. (2019). Ringed Warbling-finch (Microspingus torquatus). 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 May 2019).