Greenish Yellow-finch (Sicalis olivascens) - HBW 16, p. 632
French: Sicale olivâtre
Spanish: Chirigüe Oliváceo
Taxonomy: Emberiza olivascens d’Orbigny and Lafresnaye, 1837, La Paz, Bolivia.
Molecular-genetic data suggest that genus is most closely related to the “hooded” group of sierra-finches (Phrygilus atriceps, Phrygilus punensis, Phrygilus gayi and Phrygilus patagonicus); also, that it belongs within the tanager family (Thraupidae). Present species may form a superspecies with S. lebruni; previously considered conspecific, but differs significantly in plumage, shape, structure and vocalizations. Four subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- salvini (C. Chubb, 1919) - N Peru from La Libertad S to Huánuco.
- chloris Tschudi, 1846 - W & S Peru (Ancash S to Tacna) and N Chile (Arica–Parinacota S to Coquimbo).
- olivascens (d’Orbigny & Lafresnaye, 1837) - SE Peru (Cuzco and Puno) and W & C Bolivia S to NW Argentina (Salta and Jujuy S to N La Rioja).
- mendozae (Sharpe, 1888) - W Argentina from S La Rioja S to Mendoza and San Luis.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 9 videos
perched Locality Santa Eulalia Valley, Lima Department, Peru (ssp chloris)
Daniêl Jimenez 13 November 2012 11 weeks ago 24 sec 4.4
A bird singing. Locality Santa Eulalia Valley, Lima Department, Peru (ssp chloris)
Yoel Jimenez 13 November 2012 13 weeks ago 46 sec 4.4
perched on a rock and flying Locality Comas, Junín Department, Peru (ssp chloris)
Daniêl Jimenez 10 November 2012 12 weeks ago 32 sec 4
A male on the ground, feeding Locality Putre, Arica and Parinacota Region, Chile (ssp chloris)
Josep del Hoyo 20 October 2003 8 years ago 22 sec 3.9
one bird on a rock Locality Santa Eulalia Valley, Lima Department, Peru (ssp chloris)
Daniêl Jimenez 13 November 2012 11 weeks ago 34 sec 3.8
A bird feeding on the ground Locality Huacarpay Lakes, Cusco Department, Peru (ssp olivascens)
Keith Blomerley 14 November 2004 7 years ago 20 sec 3.6
A female on a branch
Locality Amaicha del Valle, Tucumán Province, Argentina (ssp mendozae)
Miguel Andina 23 September 2012 2 weeks ago ADDED LAST MONTH 3.7
Bird feeding on the ground
Locality Iruya, Salta Province, Argentina (ssp mendozae)
Luca Boscain 6 August 2012 26 weeks ago 3.6
A male sitting on a rock.
Locality Santa Eulalia Valley, Lima Department, Peru
Ken Havard 2 June 2012 46 weeks ago 3.3
Two first-year birds preening
Locality Puente del Inca, Mendoza Province, Argentina (ssp mendozae)
Kees Scharringa 12 February 2012 1 year ago 3
A male standing on a rock.
Locality Salar de Uyuni, Uyuni, Potosí Department, Bolivia
Carmelo López 19 October 2009 2 years ago 2.5