Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)


Tucuman Mountain-finch (Poospiza baeri)


French: Chipiu du Tucuman German: Graubauch-Finkentangare Spanish: Monterita de Tucumán

Buarremon Baeri


, 1904,

Lagunita, Tucumán, Argentina


Despite earlier molecular evidence which reinstated genus Compsospiza for this species and P. garleppi, more recent work has established that both species belong in present genus#R; has been considered conspecific with P. garleppi. Monotypic.


Extreme S Bolivia (S Tarija) and Andes of NW Argentina from Jujuy, Salta, Tucumán and Cajamarca S to NE & W La Rioja.

Descriptive notes

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

Recommended citation

Jaramillo, A. (2019). Tucuman Mountain-finch (Poospiza baeri). 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 on 9 December 2019).