Family New World Sparrows (Passerellidae)

Least Concern

Yellow-thighed Finch (Pselliophorus tibialis)


French: Tohi à cuisses jaunes German: Gelbschenkel-Buschammer Spanish: Cerquero musliamarillo

Tachyphonus tibialis


, 1864,

San José, Costa Rica


Sometimes considered conspecific with P. luteoviridis. Monotypic.


Mountains of Costa Rica (S from Cordillera de Tilarán) and extreme SW Panama (W Chiriquí).

Descriptive notes

17–18·5 cm; 26·8–34·8 g. A medium-sized, slender dark finch with long tail and rather long, slender bill. Head is mostly dull black, except... read more


Song a short, breezy phrase in high, dry tone, “cheedle tweep sher tweeip”, or “... read more


Humid forest, brushy openings, second growth, bamboo-choked ravines, and adjacent shady pastures;... read more

Food and feeding

Probably a variety of insects, spiders (Araneae) and berries, and nectar of tubular flowers. Feeds on and near ground, also higher, to... read more


Season Mar–May. Nest a bulky cup of straw, grass and dried bamboo leaves, lined with fine vegetable fibres or bamboo leaves, placed 0·7–4 m... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Costa Rica and Panama Highlands EBA. Common in Cordillera Central and Cordillera de Talamanca, and fairly common... read more

Recommended citation

Rising, J. (2020). Yellow-thighed Finch (Pselliophorus tibialis). 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 18 February 2020).