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Gray-hooded Sierra Finch

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Photo by Rodrigo ReyesLa Campana National Park, Chile, February 2005
Photo by Rodrigo Reyes
La Campana National Park, Chile, February 2005
Phrygilus gayi


[edit] Identification

15·5–16·5 cm
Should always have white around legs, where Patagonian Sierra-Finch has yellow.

[edit] Distribution

Chile and southernmost Argentina. Southern populations are migratory.

[edit] Taxonomy

FemalePhoto by Rodrigo ReyesCajón del Maipo, central Chile, August 2008
Photo by Rodrigo Reyes
Cajón del Maipo, central Chile, August 2008

[edit] Subspecies

Three subspecies are recognized[1]:

  • P. g. gayi:
  • Andes of northern Chile (Coquimbo to Colchagua)
  • P. g. minor:
  • Coastal Chile (Atacama to Santiago)
  • P. g. caniceps:
  • Southern Chile and Argentina to Tierra del Fuego

[edit] Habitat

In central Chile found in subtropical or tropical dry shrubland, as well as high altitude open areas. In southernmost Chile and Argentina mainly in open areas.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

Their diet consists mainly of seeds and some invertebrates. They are thought to eat fruit at times as well.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2013. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.8., with updates to August 2013. Downloaded from
  2. Alvaro Jaramillo. 2003. Birds of Chile. Princeton Field Guides. ISBN 0-691-11740-3
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved June 2014)

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