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Tucuman Mountain Finch

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Photo © by Jon GallagherTafi del Valle, Tucumán, Argentina, 2019.
Photo © by Jon Gallagher
Tafi del Valle, Tucumán, Argentina, 2019.
Compsospiza baeri

Poospiza baeri

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[edit] Identification

17 cm. Dull grey with olivaceous tinge, slightly paler on belly, orange-rufous forecrown, eyebrow, spot below eye, throat and upper breast and undertail-coverts, small dark bill. Sexes similar, although female has slightly reduced breast patch. Immature brownish above, buffier below with brown stripes.

[edit] Distribution

Endemic to the Tucuman Mountain area of Argentina and Bolivia.

[edit] Taxonomy

Monotypic.
It was formerly placed in Poospiza.

[edit] Habitat

This finch is best looked for in streamside bushes or in grassy areas adjacent to streams betweeen 2000 and 3000m. Although quite a bright bird with its red head and vent , the noise of these fast flowing streams tends to drown out the call of the finch. Moist montanes and high-altitude shrubland.

[edit] Behaviour

Terrestrial.

2-3 eggs are laid.

The diet includes seeds and some insects.

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