Many-colored Chaco Finch Saltatricula multicolor


The many-colored Chaco-finch is a brightly-plumaged finch that can easily be located  by its loud, distinctive song which it often gives from a promontorial perch, where it can be readily observed.  It is found commonly in the arid Chaco region of central southern South America, in Argentina, Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay and extreme southwestern Brazil. The Many-colored Chaco-finch primarily eats grass seeds, but will also feed faculatively on sap released from drillings of the White-fronted Woodpecker (Melanerpes cactorum). Relative abundance of this species appears to fluctuate with respect to habitat type throughout the year, but whether this is due to changing food abundance, available nest sites,  or variable competition from migrant birds remains unclear.

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Recommended Citation

Many-colored Chaco Finch (Saltatricula multicolor), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: