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Poospiza ornata

Cinnamon Warbling-Finch

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Thraupidae
  • Monotypic

Authors: Sagario, M.C., V.R. Cueto, J. Lopez de Casenave, F.A. Milesi, and L. Marone

Poospiza ornata

Cerro Colorado, Córdoba, Argentina; © Jorge Martin Spinuzza

The warbling-finches are a relatively speciose group that reaches its maximal diversity in the Southern Cone of South America, extending up into the Andes of Peru. Cinnamon Warbling-Finch is endemic to Argentina, and breeds in the Monte Desert, in western and south central regions of Argentina. In winter they have a tendency to move both northward and eastward. This east-west migration in Argentina is little studied, but appears to be performed by various species. Also this is a seed eater, and the seed stock in the Monte Desert varies dramatically depending on rainfall. The abundance of this warbling-finch also varies dramatically depending on rainfall; it appears to be somewhat nomadic, moving to the most food rich parts of the desert each breeding season. Cinnamon Warbling-Finch is an attractive bird, showing largely a grey face and upperparts with a chestnut patch on the mid back; and cinnamon underparts and supercilium. The wing is adorned with two broad white wingbars, which almost appear to join up as a wing patch.

Recommended Citation

Sagario, M.C., V.R. Cueto, J. Lopez de Casenave, F.A. Milesi, and L. Marone. 2012. Cinnamon Warbling-Finch (Poospiza ornata), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online:

This map provided by Robert S. Ridgely.

  • Migration/Movement:Austral Migrant
  • Primary Habitat:Arid lowland scrub
  • Foraging Strata:Terrestrial
  • Foraging Behavior:Glean
  • Diet:Seeds
  • Sociality:Solitary/Pairs
  • Mating System:Unknown
  • Nest Form:Cup
  • Clutch: 3 - 4
  • IUCN Status:Least Concern