Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

White-bridled Finch (Melanodera melanodera)


French: Mélanodère à sourcils blancs German: Weißbart-Ammertangare Spanish: Yal cejiblanco
Other common names: Canary-winged Finch

Emberiza melanodera

Quoy and Gaimard

, 1824,

Falkland Islands


Race princetoniana has yellow wingpanel (3), and is purer grey from crown to scapulars (1); however, its song is very similar to that of nominate#R. Two subspecies recognized.

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Subspecies and Distribution
  • M. m. princetoniana (W. E. D. Scott, 1900) – Fuegian White-bridled Finch – S Chile (Magallanes) and S Argentina (Santa Cruz and Tierra del Fuego).
  • M. m. melanodera (Quoy & Gaimard, 1824) – Falkland White-bridled Finch – Falkland Is.
  • Descriptive notes

    14–15 cm; 25–35 g. A medium-sized and thickset emberizid with strongly triangular bill shape and very long wings. Male nominate race has mostly grey head with complex pattern... read more


    Song of princetoniana a lively melodious, yet repetitive series of notes with intervening... read more


    On mainland found in open grassland of perennial bunch-grass sometimes known as “tussock” or “... read more

    Food and feeding

    Seeds and arthropods; in Falklands feeds on seeds of grasses, sorrel (Rumex), chickweed (Stellaris media), sand cabbage... read more


    Season Oct–Jan on mainland; in Falkland Is egg dates mid-Sept to late Dec; probably double-brooded in Falklands. Nest built mainly by... read more


    On mainland, vacates higher-lying breeding sites (such as highlands above Porvenir, in Tierra del... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Uncommon or scarce to locally common. Fairly common and widespread in Falkland Is, where estimated population 7000–14,000 pairs in 1983–1993.... read more

    Recommended citation

    Jaramillo, A. (2020). White-bridled Finch (Melanodera melanodera). 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 21 February 2020).