Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)


Rufous-breasted Warbling-finch (Poospiza rubecula)


French: Chipiu rougegorge German: Rostbauch-Finkentangare Spanish: Monterita pechirrufa

Poospiza rubecula


, 1895,

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


Hypothesis outlined in HBW that, on basis of plumage similarities, present species is closely related to what were then treated as “Compsospiza mountain-finches” (now P. baeri and P. garleppi) has been confirmed by recent molecular study#R. Monotypic.


W slope of Peruvian Andes from S Cajamarca and La Libertad S to Lima and probably Ica.

Descriptive notes

14–16·5 cm. A rather small-billed warbling-finch, small and triangular bill reminiscent of that of a conebill (Conirostrum). Has blackish face... read more


Song a slightly accelerating and variable rich warble with emphatic nature, and squeaky timbre,... read more


Bushy undergrowth of mixed dry Andean woodlands of short stature dominated by Oreopanax,... read more

Food and feeding

Young leaf buds, berries and seeds recorded as eaten. Forages in low shrubs or trees. Singly and in pairs; sometimes forms part of mixed-... read more


Little known. Adults feeding juveniles in Jul, and immatures seen between Jan and May; individuals singing in Lima Mar–Apr. No other... read more


Mostly sedentary; some evidence of minor elevational movements.

Status and conservation

ENDANGERED. Very rare. Little known. Has been found at just a handful of isolated localities. Densities very low at sites where it does occur, and estimated that total... read more

Recommended citation

Jaramillo, A. (2019). Rufous-breasted Warbling-finch (Poospiza rubecula). 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).