Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Rufous-sided Warbling-finch (Poospizopsis hypocondria)


French: Tangara à gilet German: Rotflanken-Finkentangare Spanish: Monterita pechigrís

Emberiza hypocondria

d’Orbigny and Lafresnaye

, 1837,

Sicasica, Bolivia


Species name often misspelt “hypochondria”. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. h. hypocondria (d’Orbigny & Lafresnaye, 1837) – Andes of Bolivia from S La Paz S (including C Cochabamba, W Santa Cruz, W Chuquisaca and N & E Potosí) to W Tarija.
  • P. h. affinis (Berlepsch, 1906) – NW Argentina from Salta and Jujuy S along E slope of Andes to S San Juan and N Mendoza; also W Córdoba and NE San Luis.
  • Descriptive notes

    13·5–16·5 cm; 18–24·5 g. A relatively long-tailed warbling-finch. Male nominate race is brownish-grey above, face greyer, long buff-white... read more


    Song jumbled, sounding at times out of tune, and with very short stops between elements, “tch... read more


    Thick shrubby areas, particularly on hillsides and ravines, in semi-arid regions, also shrubs and... read more

    Food and feeding

    Feeds largely on insects; stomach contents include insects and plant matter. Forages in dense shrubbery, rarely on ground. Often probes in... read more


    Juveniles found between Mar and Jun. No other information.


    Mostly sedentary. In S part of range some make post-breeding descent to foothills of Sierras de... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Uncommon to fairly common throughout its range. No immediate threats identified.

    Recommended citation

    Jaramillo, A. (2019). Rufous-sided Warbling-finch (Poospizopsis hypocondria). 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 11 December 2019).