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




  • 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.


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


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


This is a monotypic species[1].


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


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.


  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

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