Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

White-throated Sierra-finch (Ephippiospingus erythronotus)


French: Idiopsar bicolore German: Weißkehl-Ammertangare Spanish: Yal gorjiblanco

Chlorospiza erythronotus

R. A. Philippi [Krumwiede] and Landbeck

, 1861,

Parinacota, 10,000–17,000 feet [c. 3050–5200 m], Arica, Chile


Closely related to E. dorsalis, and has been suggested as being conspecific, with hybridization between the two reported; however, morphological differences notable and molecular study recovered reciprocal monophyly in the two taxa#R. Monotypic.


S Peru (from SE Arequipa and S Puno) S to N Chile (highlands of Arica–Parinacota) and SW Bolivia (W Oruro and W Potosí).

Descriptive notes

16 cm. A relatively large finch, stocky-bodied but relatively long-tailed. Has head and upperparts to uppertail-coverts lead-grey, inconspicuous white streaking on ear-... read more


Song unrecorded. Calls include short “wheenk” and nasal “phew”.


Preferred habitat moist bofedal wetlands (“cushion bogs”) adjacent to rocky slopes with... read more

Food and feeding

Little known. Feeds largely on seeds, with smaller component of invertebrates. Forages in pairs or family groups on ground.


No information. Season presumably Mar–May.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Uncommon. Occurs in some protected sites, such as Lauca National Park and Las Vicuñas National Reserve (N Chile). No evidence that this species is... read more

Recommended citation

Jaramillo, A. (2019). White-throated Sierra-finch (Ephippiospingus erythronotus). 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 May 2019).