• Welcome to BirdForum, the internet's largest birding community with thousands of members from all over the world. The forums are dedicated to wild birds, birding, binoculars and equipment and all that goes with it.

    Please register for an account to take part in the discussions in the forum, post your pictures in the gallery and more.
ZEISS DTI thermal imaging cameras. For more discoveries at night, and during the day.

Black-crested Finch - BirdForum Opus

Female
Photo by Fritz73
Chancani, Cordoba, Argentina, 2001
Lophospingus pusillus

Identification

12.5-14cm

Male

  • Long black crest (usually held erect)
  • Black crown, nape, lores, eyes, cheeks and throat patch
  • Rest of head white
  • Dark grey upperparts
  • Light grey underparts
  • White belly and crissum
  • White wing coverts
  • Dusky grey tail with large white corners
  • Flesh coloured lower mandible and legs.

Female

Grey tinged brownish, has a crest but lacks the black throat patch

Distribution

South-eastern Bolivia] to western Paraguay and northern Argentina.
Uncommon and local, abundant in some places.

Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].

Habitat

Semi-open, arid, sandy areas and shrubby plains, high-altitude shrubland.
Usually below 1000m, up to 2000m in Bolivia.

Behaviour

Feeds on seeds and insects.
Forages in pairs or small flocks on the ground.
The nest is a cup-shaped structure made of vegetable fibres and lichens. It's often placed in a large cactus. Lays 3 eggs.
A sedentary species.

References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2012. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to October 2012. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/downloadable-clements-checklist
  2. Del Hoyo, J, A Elliott, and D Christie, eds. 2011. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 16: Tanagers to New World Blackbirds. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8496553781
  3. nfss.org

Recommended Citation

External Links

GSearch checked for 2020 platform.

Back
Top