Alternative name: Canary-winged Finch
(Black-throated Finch which has been used for this species is preoccupied by Poephila cincta)
- Melanodera melanodera
- Grey-green upperparts
- Yellow underparts
- Grey head and upper breast
- Black throat and mask bordered with white
- Yellow patches in the wings and tail
- Brown with darker streaks
- Yellow outer tail-feathers
- Yellow fringes to wing feathers.
- Like female but more heavily streaked
- Duller bill
- Rich buff overall
South America: found in Falkland Islands, southern Argentina and Chile.
Not actually a finch, this species is now classified in the tanager family (Thraupidae ).
There are 2 subspecies:
- M. melanodera of the Falkland Islands : larger, reduced yellow on wings, shows the white bridle very well
- M. princetoniana of southern Argentina and Chile ("Canary-winged Finch"): smaller has highly contrasting yellow wings
Particularly dependent on ungrazed perennial grasses. Also occurs in heathland, farmland or dunes.
The diet includes seeds (especially grass) and arthropods. In the Falklands, they also eat sorrel, chickweed and sand cabbage.
The nest is built of grass, lined with hair or feathers, placed low down in grass or between stones. The clutch consists of 3-4 blue-grey or grey-green eggs with purple-brown markings.
- 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/
- Jaramillo, A. 2003. Birds of Chile. Princeton & Oxford: Princeton Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0691117409
- Jaramillo, A. 2018. White-bridled Finch (Melanodera melanodera). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/62037 on 19 May 2018)
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