Buntings and New World Sparrows (Emberizidae)

Puna Yellow-finch (Sicalis lutea) - HBW 16, p. 631

French: Sicale jaune German: Punagilbammer Spanish: Chirigüe Puneño

Taxonomy: Emberiza lutea d’Orbigny and Lafresnaye, 1837, Pampas d’Oruro [= Oruro], 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). Monotypic.

Distribution: SE Peru (highlands from SE Cuzco and NE Arequipa E to Puno and Tacna), Bolivian highlands (La Paz, Cochabamba, Oruro and Potosí and W Tarija), extreme NE Chile (Visviri area of Arica–Parinacota) and NW Argentina (dry puna of Jujuy and Salta).

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