Raimondi's Yellow-Finch Sicalis raimondii

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Thraupidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: Schulenberg, Thomas S.


Distribution of the Raimondi's Yellow-Finch
eBird range map for Raimondi's Yellow-Fincha

Generated from eBird observations (Year-Round, 1900-present)

Distribution in the Americas

Endemic to Peru. Raimondi's Yellow-Finch occurs along the west slope of the Andes and on coastal hills (lomas) from the department of Lima (Lomas de Lachay; Koepcke 1963) south to northern Tacna (Quebrada de Burros; Hogsås et al. 2002).

Distribution in Peru of Sicalis raimondii. Solid circles: specimen records; open circles; sight records; dotted line: 1000 m contour (Schulenberg et al. 2006)

Usually described, at least implicitly (e.g. Ridgely and Tudor 1989, 2009, Fjeldså and Krabbe 1990, Schulenberg et al. 2007), as resident, but there is evidence that it undergoes local movements. In coastal southern Arequipa, for example, Hughes (1970) reported that Raimondi's Yellow-Finch was present throughout the year but was most common between July and December; he presumed that these birds were "[nonbreeding] wanderers" from unknown breeding locations at higher elevations. Similarly Hogsås et al. (2002) reported that it was present at a coastal site in Tacna only during the austral winter; they too speculated that it bred locally but at higher elevations. The nature of these movements is not known in any detail, however, and it is not documented to what extent these movements are altitudinal or latitudinal, or how regular they may be (migratory vs nomadic).

Distribution outside the Americas

Endemic to the Americas.


The habitat of Raimondi's Yellow-Finch is variously described as "rocky gorges" (Hughes 1970), as "rocky places in lomas with fog vegetation and scattered stands of trees and slopes with cacti and steppic vegetation; hardly ever in arable land (Fjeldså and Krabbe 1990), and as "arid rocky hills" (Schulenberg et al. 2007).

Historical changes

None reported.

Fossil history

None reported.

Recommended Citation

Schulenberg, Thomas S. 2012. Raimondi's Yellow-Finch (Sicalis raimondii), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York, USA.