Orange-fronted Yellow-Finch Sicalis columbiana


A smaller and even less streaked version of the more familiar Saffron Finch (Sicalis flaveola), the Orange-fronted Yellow-Finch is a dainty little bird with an orange forecrown and otherwise largely yellow plumage in males. Females are olive-brown above with a grayish-buff tone to the breast-sides. Orange-fronted Yellow-Finches like open ground, often in close proximity to standing water, and is usually found in pairs or small flocks, often around habitation. Like some other yellow-finches, it has a curiously disjunct range, with three main populations: in the Orinoco basin of northeast Colombia and central Venezuela; central Amazonia in Brazil; and the interior of eastern Brazil, especially in the northern half of the Cerrado biome, where it is apparently most abundant.

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

Recommended Citation

Orange-fronted Yellow-Finch (Sicalis columbiana), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: