Birds of Colombia

    PASSERIFORMES: Thraupidae (Tanagers & Allies)  
Genus: Sicalis (4 species, 13 worldwide)


Stripe-tailed Yellow Finch
Stripe-tailed Yellow Finch (Sicalis citrina citrina) Male
Altiplano Leste, Brasilia, DF, Brazil
  Note white undertail.
   
Photograph by Rodrigo Conte   © All Rights Reserved.

Small and compact with short bill and olive-yellow wings (HBW). Note white band on underside of tail of male. Female less yellow and somewhat streaked.

Orange-fronted Yellow Finch
Orange-fronted Yellow Finch (Sicalis columbiana columbiana) Male
Inírida, Guainía, Colombia  
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

Orange-fronted Yellow Finch
Orange-fronted Yellow Finch (Sicalis columbiana columbiana) Female
Hato Aurora, Casanare, Colombia  
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

The male is similar to the Saffron Finch, but the female is not streaked.

Saffron Finch
Saffron Finch (Sicalis flaveola flaveola) Male
Puerto Boyacá, Colombia  
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

Saffron Finch
Saffron Finch (Sicalis flaveola) Female
Iguazu National Park, Argentina  
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

Saffron Finch
Saffron Finch (Sicalis flaveola flaveola) Immature Male
Villeta, Colombia  
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

Common even in urban areas. Expanding range with deforestation.
Immatures males often have only a yellow chest band, making then look like a different species.

Grassland Yellow Finch
Grassland Yellow Finch (Sicalis luteola luteiventris) Male
Mejia Wetlands, Peru
  Possibly a female. Male is yellower.
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

Usually found in marshes deep in tall reeds at all altitudes. Sometimes in large groups.


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