Buntings and New World Sparrows (Emberizidae)

Peruvian Sierra-finch (Phrygilus punensis) - HBW 16, p. 606

French: Phrygile du Pérou German: Punaämmerling Spanish: Yal Peruano
Other common names: Peruvian Hooded Sierra-finch

Taxonomy: Phrygilus punensis Ridgway, 1887, Lake Titicaca basin, Peru and Bolivia.
Molecular-genetic studies indicate that genus belongs in tanager family (Thraupidae). Present species may form a superspecies with P. atriceps, P. gayi and P. patagonicus (the “hooded” group), and molecular data suggest that this group may be closely related to Sicalis. Sometimes considered conspecific with P. gayi, which it resembles in appearance, but may be more closely related to P. atriceps. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • chloronotus Berlepsch & Stolzmann, 1896 - N & C Peru (from Cajamarca S to Cuzco).
  • punensis Ridgway, 1887 - S Peru (Puno) and NW Bolivia (La Paz).

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