French: Mélanodère à sourcils blancs German: Weißbart-Ammertangare Spanish: Yal cejiblanco
Other common names: Canary-winged Finch
Quoy and Gaimard, 1824,
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.
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
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