French: Tangara à gilet German: Rotflanken-Finkentangare Spanish: Monterita pechigrís
d’Orbigny and Lafresnaye, 1837,
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.
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 supercilium, narrow buff subocular... read more
Song jumbled, sounding at times out of tune, and with very short stops between elements, “tch-zwe-... 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.
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