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Buntings and New World Sparrows (Emberizidae)

Raimondi's Yellow-finch (Sicalis raimondii) - HBW 16, p. 637

French: Sicale de Raimondi German: Grauflanken-Gilbammer Spanish: Chirigüe de Raimondi

Taxonomy: Sycalis raimondii Taczanowski, 1874, vicinity of Lima, Peru.
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). This species previously considered conspecific with S. luteola owing to similarities in plumage, but the two occur sympatrically and behave as good biological species. Monotypic.

Distribution: Pacific slope in S Peru from Lima S to extreme N Tacna.

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