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Large-footed Finch Pezopetes capitalis

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Passerellidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: Justin Baldwin

Large-footed Finch, or saltón patigrande in Spanish, is the sole member of the genus Pezopetes and is confined to the highlands of Costa Rica and westernmost Panamá, where it occurs in the forest understory, second growth and brushy, overgrown pastures mostly between 2150 and 3350 m. It is a large, long tailed, chunky finch, with very large legs and feet, but a seemingly out of proportion slender bill. The large feet are used to scratch for seeds and insects on the forest floor, although the birds also pluck small fruits. Large-footed Finch is overall a rather dark plumaged bird, having a mostly black head and throat, becoming grayer over the nape, with a largely olive body and wings, paler and more yellowish on the underparts. Large-footed Finch generally is common, but it is somewhat unobtrusive, due to its preference for densely vegetated areas, such as ravines.


© Andrew Spencer

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

Recommended Citation

Baldwin, J. (2013). Large-footed Finch (Pezopetes capitalis), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.