Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Rusty-browed Warbling-finch (Microspingus erythrophrys)


Taxonomy

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

Poospiza erythrophrys

P. L. Sclater

, 1881,

Sierra de Totoral, Catamarca, Argentina

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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

    Voice

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

    Habitat

    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

    Breeding

    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

    Movements

    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. (2019). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/62063 on 18 February 2019).