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Great Inca Finch

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Photo © by Stanley Jones Santa Eulalia Canyon east of Chosica, Lima,  Peru, August 2017
Photo © by Stanley Jones
Santa Eulalia Canyon east of Chosica, Lima, Peru, August 2017
Incaspiza pulchra

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[edit] Identification

Photo © by Stanley Jones Santa Eulalia Canyon east of Chosica, Lima,  Peru, September 2017
Photo © by Stanley Jones
Santa Eulalia Canyon east of Chosica, Lima, Peru, September 2017

16·5 cm (6½ in)

  • Grey head
  • Browner on crown and nape
  • Blackish lores

[edit] Distribution

South America: found in arid Andes of Peru (Ancash to southern Lima)

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].

The former subspecies personata is now widely accepted as full species, Rufous-backed Inca Finch.

[edit] Habitat

Western Andean slopes of dry grassland/shrubland in the Puna Life Zone. Observed at heights around 3500 m.

[edit] Behaviour

They are mostly seen alone or in pairs. When on the ground their tails are inclined to be cocked.

[edit] Diet

Ground feeders. Their diet consists mostly of cactus fruits.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved July 2014)
  3. BF Member observations

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