Common Diuca-Finch Diuca diuca

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Thraupidae
  • Polytypic: 4 subspecies
  • Authors: Megan Cookson, Casey H. Richart, and Kevin J. Burns

Sounds and Vocal Behavior


The song of Common Diuca-Finch is described as a melodious, high-pitched succession of 4-5 notes, including underslurs in the middle notes, and most commonly with an accent on the final note: tiiup tweep chwuup TWEEIP (Jaramillo 2003, Perlo 2009). The song usually lasts between 2-4 seconds, with a mean of 3 seconds. The amount of time between songs is highly variable. The phrase tiiup tweep chwuup is a distinctive component of the song; in some areas, locals use the mnemonic tres chuachas y un diez (three green beans and ten) to describe the song (Bullock 1940).

A call is a sweet tweep (Jaramillo 2011).

Additional audio recordings of vocalizations of the Common Diuca-Finch can be heard at Macaulay Library and at xeno-canto.

Nonvocal Sounds

None recorded.

Recommended Citation

Cookson, M., C. H. Richart, and K. J. Burns (2018). Common Diuca-Finch (Diuca diuca), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.