SPARROWS AND FINCHES   -   EMBERIZIDAE   -   PART I

Includes Arremon sparrows and brush-finches, Arremonops sparrows, and miscellaneous finches such as Tanager, Yellow-thighed, and Large-footed Finches.


Tanager Finch - Oreothraupis arremonops
Tanager Finch
Oreothraupis arremonops
Upper Tandayapa Valley, Pichincha province, Ecuador.
A neat little bird, a monotypic genus, endemic to moderately high elevation cloudforest in the Chocó region of western Colombia and northwestern Ecuador. It is very local and only known from a few sites; the Tandayapa area is perhaps the best known and most easily accessibly location. (S8)


Yellow-thighed Finch - Pselliophorus tibialis
Yellow-thighed Finch
Pselliophorus tibialis
Bosque de Paz, Alajuela province, Costa Rica.
A common bird in a limited range in the cloudforests of Costa Rica and Panama. (S8)


Large-footed Finch - Pezopetes capitalis
Large-footed Finch
Pezopetes capitalis
Trogon Lodge, San José province, Costa Rica.
A monotypic genus endemic to the cloudforests of Costa Rica and Panama. (S5)


Sooty-faced Finch - Arremon crassirostris
Sooty-faced Finch
Arremon crassirostris
Monteverde Cloudforest Reserve, Costa Rica.
A close relative of the Olive Finch (below), and very similar apart from the white malar. This species (found only in the mountains of Costa Rica and Panama) stays in the dark undergrowth and is usually hard to see. Even when it does show itself, getting a sharp shot is a challenge due to the low light. I didn't use flash, and this shot was taken at 3200 ISO handheld. Surprisingly, noise levels were only moderate, and the noise was easily reduced further in processing. Photographed with a Canon 7D camera and a Canon 100-400mm f4.5-f5.6 IS lens on 29 January 2011.


Olive Finch - Arremon castaneiceps
Olive Finch
Arremon castaneiceps
Milpe Bird Sanctuary, Pichincha province, Ecuador.
(D3)


Chestnut-capped Brush-Finch - Arremon brunneinucha
Chestnut-capped Brush-Finch
Arremon brunneinucha frontalis
Tandayapa Bird Lodge, Pichincha province, Ecuador.
(S8)


Chestnut-capped Brush-Finch - Arremon brunneinucha
Chestnut-capped Brush-Finch
Arremon brunneinucha apertus
Sierra de los Tuxtlas, Veracruz state, Mexico.
This isolated subspecies is sometimes given full species status as "Plain-breasted" Brush-Finch, since it lacks the black breast band of the other races. Vocally it is very similar, however. (S5f)


Half-collared Sparrow - Arremon semitorquatus
Half-collared Sparrow
Arremon semitorquatus
Vale das Taquaras, Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil.
This sparrow is endemic to Brazil, where it is quite local in the Atlantic Forest. (S7)


São Francisco Sparrow - Arremon franciscanus
São Francisco Sparrow
Arremon franciscanus
Palmeiras, Bahia state, Brazil.
This species was only described in 1997, and is known only from a few caatinga areas of Minas Gerais and Bahia in Brazil. Compare it with the next species, which comes close in range. (S6)


Saffron-billed Sparrow - Arremon flavirostris
Saffron-billed Sparrow
Arremon flavirostris polionotus
Chapada dos Guimarães, Mato Grosso state, Brazil.
(D2)


Orange-billed Sparrow - Arremon aurantiirostris
Orange-billed Sparrow
Arremon aurantiirostris occidentalis
Milpe Bird Sanctuary, Pichincha province, Ecuador.
A very distinctive and often common species found in rainforest from Mexico to Peru. (S8)


Golden-winged Sparrow - Arremon schlegeli
Golden-winged Sparrow
Arremon schlegeli schlegeli
Minca, Magdalena department, Colombia.
This beautiful bird is found only from northern Colombia to northern Venezuela. (S5)


Black-capped Sparrow - Arremon abeillei
Black-capped Sparrow
Arremon abeillei abeillei
Río Ayampe, Manabí province, Ecuador.
Restricted to dry and semi-humid forests of southern Ecuador and northern Peru. (S8)


Sierra Nevada Brush-Finch - Arremon basilicus
Sierra Nevada Brush-Finch
Arremon basilicus
El Dorado Lodge, Santa Marta Mountains, Magdalena department, Colombia.
Formerly included in Stripe-headed Brush-Finch; it was part of the eight-way split that the SACC accepted in June 2011 (prop 468). It has a fairly distinct song, and also differs from some of the other former races by the dark breast band; compare with the next photo. (S6)


Gray-browed Brush-Finch - Arremon assimilis
Gray-browed Brush-Finch
Arremon assimilis assimilis
Quito-Nono road, Pichincha province, Ecuador.
This is the most widespread species of the eight that formerly made up Stripe-headed Brush-Finch. It is found in cloudforest understory and dense scrub from western Venezuela to southeastern Peru. (S7)


White-browed Brush-Finch - Arremon torquatus
White-browed Brush-Finch
Arremon torquatus borelli
Parque Provincial Potrero de Yala, Jujuy province, Argentina.
Another former "member" of Stripe-headed Brush-Finch; this species is found in the Andes from southern Peru to northwestern Argentina. (S8)



Tocuyo Sparrow - Arremonops tocuyensis
Tocuyo Sparrow
Arremonops tocuyensis
Los Flamencos reserve, La Guajira department, Colombia.
A scarce and skulking species found only in arid areas of northwestern Venezuela and far northern Colombia. (S6)


Tocuyo Sparrow - Arremonops tocuyensis
Tocuyo Sparrow
Arremonops tocuyensis
Los Flamencos reserve, La Guajira department, Colombia.
(S6)


Black-striped Sparrow - Arremonops conirostris
Black-striped Sparrow
Arremonops conirostris richmondi
Esquinas Lodge, La Gamba, Puntarenas province, Costa Rica.
(S8)















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