MISCELLANEOUS "FINCHES" & SIERRA-FINCHES - THRAUPIDAE

Many of these species used to be considered part of the Emberizidae family.


Plushcap - Catamblyrhynchus diadema
Plushcap
Catamblyrhynchus diadema diadema
Papallacta, Napo province, Ecuador.
A quintessential South American cloudforest species. This lovely and unique bird is strongly tied to patches of Chusquea bamboo from elevations of about 2000 m. (6600 ft.) to treeline. I had been trying to photograph it for many years without success, and finally nailed it in a mixed species flock in Papallacta. (S6)


Black-backed Bush Tanager - Urothraupis stolzmanni
Black-backed Bush Tanager
Urothraupis stolzmanni
Papallacta, Napo province, Ecuador.
A unique Andean species found only in the highest elevation around treeline, about about 3300 m. (10,800 ft.). It has a fairly limited range from central Colombia to central Ecuador. It is usually easy to find in the Papallacta area, about an hour outside of Quito. Another photo is below. (S6)


Black-backed Bush Tanager - Urothraupis stolzmanni
Black-backed Bush Tanager
Urothraupis stolzmanni
Papallacta, Napo province, Ecuador.
Eating what appears to be a small caterpillar. (S8)



Blue Finch - Porphyrospiza caerulescens
Blue Finch
Porphyrospiza caerulescens
Serra de Cipó, Minas Gerais state, Brazil.
An odd, beautiful "finch" of cerrado of Bolivia and Brazil. It might not actually be a finch; some ornithologists place it in the Cardinalidae. This was the featured photo from Nov-Dec 2009. (S5)


Peruvian Sierra-Finch - Phrygilus punensis
Peruvian Sierra-Finch
Phrygilus punensis chloronotus
Cajamarca-Celendín road, Cajamarca department, Peru.
Male. Despite its name, this species does reach Bolivia. (S6)


Patagonian Sierra-Finch - Phrygilus patagonicus
Patagonian Sierra-Finch
Phrygilus patagonicus
Tierra del Fuego National Park, Argentina.
Female. This species is restricted to far southern South America. (S8)


Mourning Sierra-Finch - Phrygilus fruticeti
Mourning Sierra-Finch
Phrygilus fruticeti fruticeti
Valdes Peninsula, Chubut province, Argentina.
Male. A handsome finch found from Peru to Argentina and Chile. I don't know where it gets its English name from. (S6)


Mourning Sierra-Finch - Phrygilus fruticeti
Mourning Sierra-Finch
Phrygilus fruticeti fruticeti
Trelew-Punta Tombo road, Chubut province, Argentina.
Female. (S6)


Mourning Sierra-Finch - Phrygilus fruticeti
Mourning Sierra-Finch
Phrygilus fruticeti fruticeti
El Infiernillo, Salta province, Argentina.
Juvenile male. He's lost the brown and rufous tones of the female, but hasn't yet the black underparts. (S5)


Plumbeous Sierra-Finch - Phrygilus unicolor
Plumbeous Sierra-Finch
Phrygilus unicolor geospizopsis
Antisana reserve, Napo province, Ecuador.
Male. This is a paler than normal individual. (S8)


Plumbeous Sierra-Finch - Phrygilus unicolor
Plumbeous Sierra-Finch
Phrygilus unicolor geospizopsis
Antisana reserve, Napo province, Ecuador.
Female. (S4)


Red-backed Sierra-Finch - Phrygilus dorsalis
Red-backed Sierra-Finch
Phrygilus dorsalis
Sierra de Santa Victoria, Salta province, Argentina.
This pretty species has a fairly restricted range in very high elevation puna in NW Argentina, S Bolivia, and N Chile. Unlike most sierra finches, the sexes are alike. (S6)


White-throated Sierra-Finch - Phrygilus erythronotus
White-throated Sierra-Finch
Phrygilus erythronotus
Lauca National Park, Region I, Chile.
Restricted to the altiplano of southern Peru, northern Chile, and western Bolivia. (S5)


Ash-breasted Sierra-Finch - Phrygilus plebejus
Ash-breasted Sierra-Finch
Phrygilus plebejus plebejus
Laguna de los Pozuelos, Jujuy province, Argentina.
Male. (S8)


Ash-breasted Sierra-Finch - Phrygilus plebejus
Ash-breasted Sierra-Finch
Phrygilus plebejus ocularis
San Antonio de Pichincha, Pichincha province, Ecuador.
Male. (S8)



Ash-breasted Sierra-Finch - Phrygilus plebejus
Ash-breasted Sierra-Finch
Phrygilus plebejus ocularis
El Empalme, Loja province, Ecuador.
Female. (S5)


Carbonated Sierra-Finch - Phrygilus carbonarius
Carbonated Sierra-Finch
Phrygilus carbonarius
Rawson, Chubut province, Argentina.
Male. An Argentine endemic; it breeds in Patagonian steppe, though disperses a bit to the north in winter. (S6)


Band-tailed Sierra-Finch - Phrygilus alaudinus
Band-tailed Sierra-Finch
Phrygilus alaudinus bipartitus
San Antonio de Pichincha, Pichincha province, Ecuador.
Male. A specialist of dry, sparsely vegetated areas. (S8)


Band-tailed Sierra-Finch - Phrygilus alaudinus
Band-tailed Sierra-Finch
Phrygilus alaudinus bipartitus
San Antonio de Pichincha, Pichincha province, Ecuador.
Male. The same bird as in the previous photo as it took off from the cactus. (S8)


Band-tailed Sierra-Finch - Phrygilus alaudinus
Band-tailed Sierra-Finch
Phrygilus alaudinus bipartitus
San Antonio de Pichincha, Pichincha province, Ecuador.
Female. (S8)


White-winged Diuca-Finch - Diuca speculifera
White-winged Diuca-Finch
Diuca speculifera speculifera
Lauca National Park, Region I, Chile.
A common bird of very high elevations in southern Peru and western Bolivia, but it only barely makes it into extreme northern Chile. (S5)


White-winged Diuca-Finch - Diuca speculifera
White-winged Diuca-Finch
Diuca speculifera speculifera
Lauca National Park, Region I, Chile.
A different angle, the red eye really stands out. (S5)


Common Diuca-Finch - Diuca diuca
Common Diuca-Finch
Diuca diuca minor
Trelew-Punta Tombo road, Chubut province, Argentina.
Male. (S6)


Common Diuca-Finch - Diuca diuca
Common Diuca-Finch
Diuca diuca diuca
La Campana National Park, Region V, Chile.
Female, from the brown tinge to the plumage. (S5)


White-bridled Finch - Melanodera melanodera
White-bridled Finch
Melanodera melanodera melanodera
Carcass Island, Falklands Islands (Islas Mavinas).
Male. Also known as Black-throated Finch and Canary-winged Finch. It is found only in southern South America and on the Falklands. (S8)


White-bridled Finch - Melanodera melanodera
White-bridled Finch
Melanodera melanodera melanodera
Carcass Island, Falklands Islands (Islas Mavinas).
Female. (S8)


Slaty Finch - Haplospiza rustica
Slaty Finch
Haplospiza rustica rustica
Yanacocha, Pichincha province, Ecuador.
Female. A scarce finch that ranges widely in mountains of the Neotropics. They are very fond of bamboo seeds, and when the Chusquea is seeding, they can briefly become locally very common. Away from bamboo they are infrequently seen - this was one such case; the bird was feeding in the middle of a dirt track at c. 3800 m elevation with no bamboo in sight. (S8)


Black-crested Finch - Lophospingus pusillus
Black-crested Finch
Lophospingus pusillus
La Viña, Salta province, Argentina.
Male. This gorgeous finch is restricted to the Chaco region; I really like this bird - it's so different from anything else in South America. It reminds me more of a tit or yuhina. (S8)


Cinereous Finch - Piezorina cinerea
Cinereous Finch
Piezorina cinerea
Bosque de Pomac, Lambayeque department, Peru.
Endemic to dry scrub and woodland of NW Peru, though there is one unconfirmed record from southern Ecuador. (D2)


Slender-billed Finch - Xenospingus concolor
Slender-billed Finch
Xenospingus concolor
Chaca Valley, Region I, Chile.
Adult. (S5)


Slender-billed Finch - Xenospingus concolor
Slender-billed Finch
Xenospingus concolor
Azapa Valley, Region I, Chile.
Juvenile. (S5)
















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