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Tucuman Mountain Finch
17 cm. Dull grey with olivaceous tinge, slightly paler on belly, orange-rufous forecrown, eyebrow, spot below eye, throat and upper breast and undertail-coverts, small dark bill. Sexes similar, although female has slightly reduced breast patch. Immature brownish above, buffier below with brown stripes.
This finch is best looked for in streamside bushes or in grassy areas adjacent to streams betweeen 2000 and 3000m. Although quite a bright bird with its red head and vent , the noise of these fast flowing streams tends to drown out the call of the finch. Moist montanes and high-altitude shrubland.
2-3 eggs are laid.
The diet includes seeds and some insects.
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