French: Haplospize ardoisé German: Schieferammertangare Spanish: Yal pizarroso
Subspecies and Distribution
S. r. uniformis
(P. L. Sclater & Salvin, 1873) – SE Mexico (S Chiapas; formerly also C Veracruz) and highlands of Guatemala, Honduras, N El Salvador and NW Nicaragua; also highlands of NC Costa Rica and extreme W Panama.
S. r. rusticus
(Tschudi, 1844) – N & W Venezuela S in Andes, including Santa Marta Mts and all three ranges in Colombia, to C Bolivia.
S. r. arcanus
Wetmore & Phelps, Jr, 1949 – tepuis of S Venezuela (Chimantá-tepui and Neblina) and W Guyana (Mt Ayanganna#R).
12·5 cm; average 15·5 g. A slim finch with long, pointed bill and proportionately long, yet rounded, wing. Male nominate race is mostly plain lead-grey, paler... read more
Song, from perch, sometimes in flight (then shorter and less complex), high-pitched and sputtering... read more
Humid highland-forest edge where Chusquea bamboo present. A Chusquea specialist.... read more
Food and feeding
Seeds. Forages for bamboo seeds in undergrowth, on ground or near ground; at other times may forage for grass seeds in open areas at edge... read more
Little known. Season entirely dependent on the seeding of bamboo, which appears to be seemingly random in timing; egg dates Apr in Costa... read more
Irruptive, with local concentrations when Chusquea bamboo flowers and seeds; no detailed... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Generally uncommon to rare throughout its wide range, but becomes locally common where bamboo is seeding en masse. This species’ irruptive... read more
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