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.

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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