Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Near Threatened

Slender-billed Finch (Xenospingus concolor)


Taxonomy

French: Xénospingue uniforme German: Feinschnabel-Grautangare Spanish: Yal picofino
Taxonomy:

Sylvia concolor

d’Orbigny and Lafresnaye

, 1837,

Arica, Chile

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Overall appearance and distribution correctly link this species to Piezorina cinerea, but differences in structure, behaviour and genetics militate against congeneric treatment. Monotypic.

Distribution:

S Peru from S Lima (R Rímac) S to Tacna, and NW Chile S to N Antofagasta (R Loa).

Descriptive notes

15–17 cm; 20–22 g. A very long and slim finch, with tail and bill long and slender, as is body, and legs proportionately long; bill distinctive in shape and very... read more

Voice

Song choppy-sounding, delivered slowly (2 elements per second), a series of single whistles, each... read more

Habitat

Desert valleys, where it prefers areas with dense riparian shrubbery adjacent to more open areas or... read more

Food and feeding

Mainly insects; seeds appear to form relatively unimportant part of diet; takes fruit on occasion. Foraging mostly in dense shrubbery.... read more

Breeding

Season Dec–Jun in S Peru. Both members of pair present during nest-building, but apparently only female builds nest, a globular mass... read more

Movements

Sedentary; vagrant reported in Putre (Parinacota Province), in NE Chile.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. Fairly common in Chilean part of range; less common and more local in Peru. No data on global population total... read more

Recommended citation

Jaramillo, A. (2019). Slender-billed Finch (Xenospingus concolor). 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/62053 on 16 February 2019).