Short-tailed Finch Idiopsar brachyurus

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Thraupidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: Huw Lloyd


Conservation Status

‘Typical’ high-Andean habitat (Polylepis pepei woodland/puna steppe-boulder, ca. 4,300 m) of Idiopsar brachyurus in the Cordillera Vilcanota, southern Peru (Photo: Huw Lloyd)

Across its range and across all populations, the Short-tailed Finch is not considered to be globally threatened but is currently listed as a species of ‘Least Concern’ by Birdlife International (2008). Although the global population size of Short-tailed Finch has not been estimated, it is not believed to approach the thresholds for the IUCN threatened population size criterion (BirdLife International 2008). Parker et al. (1996) list the species as ‘Low Conservation Priority’. Currently the Short-tailed Finch is known to occur in just one protected of area - the community reserve of Mantanay, Cordillera Vilcanota, southern Peru (Lloyd and Marsden 2008).

Effects of human activity on populations

The Short-tailed Finch appears tolerant, to a degree, of localised rural Andean agricultural practises. However, this conclusion is based on a very limited number of observations, and the impact of these practises coupled with intense grazing pressure by non-native livestock have not been studied quantitatively.

Recommended Citation

Lloyd, H. (2009). Short-tailed Finch (Idiopsar brachyurus), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.