Plain-tailed Warbling-Finch Microspingus alticola

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Thraupidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: Huffstater, Kyle

Endemic to western Peru and currently treated as Endangered by BirdLife International, Plain-tailed Warbling-Finch is largely gray and rufous, and has a long white supercilium and a white moustachial stripe. It is perhaps most liable to be confused with the larger Chestnut-breasted Mountain-Finch (Poospiza caesar), another Peruvian endemic, although these two species do not overlap geographically. Plain-tailed Warbling Finch is confined to montane scrub at elevations between 3100-4600 m, and primarily occurs in mixed Polylepis/Gynoxys woodlands, where singles and pairs often associate with mixed-species flocks. Plain-tailed Warbling-Finch seems especially fond of ravines, but otherwise very little is known about its natural history.


© Theodore A Parker, III

  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-breeding

Recommended Citation

Huffstater, Kyle. 2012. Plain-tailed Warbling-Finch (Microspingus alticola), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York, USA.