French: Idiopsar à queue courte German: Kurzschwanz-Ammertangare Spanish: Yal colicorto
La Paz, Bolivia
S Peru (S Cuzco and Puno) S through highlands of Bolivia (La Paz, W Cochabamba, E Oruro, E Potosí and W Tarija) to NW Argentina (Jujuy, highlands of Salta, Tucumán and Catamarca).
18–18·5 cm; one male 43 g. A large and thickset finch with very long and stout-based, spike-like bill; big body can make tail appear somewhat short. Male has head grey, fine... read more
Song a simple repetition of notes, “tseet tsu tsree tseet tsu tsree...” or “schrii su su schrii su... read more
A specialist of boulderfields and talus slopes comprised of larger rocks and boulders adjacent to... read more
Food and feeding
No detailed information on diet; seen to feed on seeds, also on lichen on rocks. Study of diet important, as this species may be very... read more
Largely unknown. Males in breeding condition in Jan in Bolivia (La Paz); in Argentina female observed while inspecting crevices in adobe... read more
Sedentary, so far as is known.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Rare and/or local throughout much of its range; locally common in a few sites in Bolivia. Occurs in three protected areas In Bolivia: Carrasco... read more
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