Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Rusty-browed Warbling-finch (Microspingus erythrophrys)


French: Tangara à front roux German: Rostbrauen-Finkentangare Spanish: Monterita cejirrufa

Poospiza erythrophrys

P. L. Sclater

, 1881,

Sierra de Totoral, Catamarca, Argentina


Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • M. e. cochabambae (Gyldenstolpe, 1941) – C & S Bolivia (Cochabamba and W Santa Cruz S to Chuquisaca).
  • M. e. erythrophrys (P. L. Sclater, 1881) – extreme S Bolivia (Tarija) and NW Argentina (Jujuy and Salta S to Tucumán and Catamarca).
  • Descriptive notes

    13·5–14 cm; 13·2–15 g. A slim warbling-finch with small and thin bill. Male nominate race has crown and face blue-grey, long deep rufous supercilium... read more


    Song a melodious set of three or four elements given in a sequence and then repeated in same order... read more


    Edge of montane (Yungas) forest, often at edge of alder (Alnus) groves, also second growth... read more

    Food and feeding

    Invertebrates and fruits recorded in diet. Analyses of faecal samples gave a mixture of invertebrates, including spiders (Araneae), beetles... read more


    Season Nov–Jan in S of range (Tucumán). Nest a half-sphere made from lichens and fibres of ferns. Clutch 3 eggs, blue-white... read more


    Largely sedentary. One mist-netting study noted presence in both dry and wet seasons in the... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Locally common. Has reasonably extensive range, within which not known to be at any risk.

    Recommended citation

    Jaramillo, A. (2020). Rusty-browed Warbling-finch (Microspingus erythrophrys). 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 23 January 2020).