Buntings and New World Sparrows (Emberizidae)

Cinnamon Warbling-finch (Poospiza ornata) - HBW 16, p. 624

French: Chipiu cannelle German: Schmuckammerfink Spanish: Monterita Canela

Taxonomy: Phrygilus ornatus Leybold, 1865, between Paso Portillo and Melocotón, Mendoza, Argentina.
New molecular data indicate that genus forms a clade with the tanager (Thraupidae) genera Hemispingus and Thlypopsis, and that Compsospiza, which often subsumed within present genus, is sister to that clade. Molecular evidence suggests that this species is either sister to P. boliviana or part of a clade that also includes latter. Monotypic.

Distribution: Breeds in C Argentina from San Juan and La Rioja S through Mendoza, San Luis, N La Pampa and W Buenos Aires; non-breeding also N & E to Salta, Tucumán, Córdoba and N Buenos Aires.