French: Chipiu du Tucuman German: Graubauch-Finkentangare Spanish: Monterita de Tucumán
Lagunita, Tucumán, Argentina
Extreme S Bolivia (S Tarija) and Andes of NW Argentina from Jujuy, Salta, Tucumán and Cajamarca S to NE & W La Rioja.
16·5–18 cm; 31·5–34·5 g. Relatively large and heavy finch with long tail, but stocky and thickset body. Male has most of head and upperparts grey, bold orange-rufous forehead... read more
Song is a series of short whistles, differing slightly in frequency, “swit-jeet-siit-swop-sweet-... read more
Mosaic of puna grassland with adjacent shrubby woodland of alders (Alnus), as... read more
Food and feeding
Individual seen carrying a grasshopper (Orthoptera); probably also feeds on seeds. Forages on ground and low in shrubbery. Often in pairs;... read more
Birds with enlarged gonads in Dec, and main season Jan–Mar, with egg dates in late Jan and early Feb and fledglings in Apr. Nest placed in... read more
Largely sedentary; minor movements downslope in winter.
Status and conservation
VULNERABLE. Generally uncommon. Has rather small and fragmented range, within which estimated global population of only a few thousands, probably 5000–10,000... read more
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