Stripe-tailed Yellow-Finch (Sicalis citrina)

Order: Passeriformes Family: Thraupidae | IUCN Status: Least Concern

stripe-tailed_yellow finch
Age: Adult | Sex: Male | Loc. Southern Brazil

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Age: Adult | Sex: Female | Loc. Santa Cruz, Bolivia

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Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Southern Brazil

stripe-tailed_yellow finch
Age: Adult | Sex: Male | Loc. Southern Brazil

Identification & Behavior: ~12 cm (4.7 in). The male Stripe-tailed Yellow-finch has yellow head breast and underparts. The upperparts are yellowish with dusky mottles and streaks. The female is similar but has dusky streaks on the underparts and head. The male has a white inner tail webbing on the outer tail feathers. The female has white webbing only near the tips. It forages in open habitats including agricultural areas. It is similar to the Grassland Yellow-Finch but ranges at lower elevations in more humid habitats.

Status: The Stripe-tailed Yellow-finch is uncommon and known to occur in Peru only in extreme southeast Peru, in Puno at elevations around 2000 m. It also occurs in Co, Br, and Bo.

Name in Spanish: Chirigüe de Cola Listada.

Sub-species: Stripe-tailed Yellow-finch (Sicalis citrina occidentalis), Carriker, 1932.

Meaning of Name: Sicalis: Gr. sikalis, sukallis, sukalidos= a small, black-headed bird, mentioned by Epicharmus. citrina: L. citrus, citron= citrinus, yellow, citrine.

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Distribution Map


    • Species range based on: Schulenberg, T. S., D. F. Stotz, and L. Rico. 2006. Distribution maps of the birds of Peru, version 1.0. Environment, Culture & Conservation (ECCo). The Field Museum. on 03/01/2016.