Saffron Finch

Sicalis flaveola

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Emberizids (Emberizidae)

Code 4

SAFI

Code 6

SICFLA

ITIS

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Saffron Finch has a large range, estimated globally at approximately 6,600,000 square kilometers. It is primarily found in South America and nearby island nations. This bird prefers Shrubland ecological systems that are subtropical or tropical, though it has been known to live in rural gardens and urban areas. The population of the bird has not been determined but is does not appear to be experiencing a significant decline. The Saffron Finch does not currently meet the criteria for the IUCN Red List and has an evaluation level of Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Saffron Finch: Native to South America, this finch has yellow-green upperparts, yellow underparts, and an orange crown. Wing and tail feathers are black edged with yellow; gray upper mandible and ivory lower mandible, pink-gray legs and feet. The female is more dull in color and has paler underparts. Feeds on insects, greens and oats. Undulating flight, alternates flapping and gliding.


Range and Habitat

Saffron Finch: Is a tanager from South America that is common in outside the Amazon Basin. They have a wide distribution in Colombia, northern Venezuela western Ecuador, western Peru, eastern and southern Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay, northern Argentina, and Trinidad and Tobago. Been introduced to Hawaii and Puerto Rico. Prefers lowlands that are open or lightly wooded.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Voice Text

"chirp", "tick"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Saffron Finch is also known as the Yellow Finch and Pelzeln's Finch.
  • It was first described by Carolus Linnaeus in 1766.
  • Males can be aggressive during breeding season, in some places 2 males are placed in a cage to fight.
  • A group of finches has many collective nouns, including a "charm", "company", and "trembling" of finches.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP

CERange Map for Saffron Finch

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

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Crystal Adams

Artist

Yury Lisyak

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UnderpartsX
Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.
UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
CrownX
The crown is the top part of the birds head.
Lower mandibleX
The lower part of the bill.
Upper mandibleX
The upper part of the bill.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
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