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 - Raimondi's Yellow-Finch
 - Raimondi's Yellow-Finch

Raimondi's Yellow-Finch Sicalis raimondii

Thomas S. Schulenberg
Version: 1.0 — Published January 27, 2012

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The Raimondi's Yellow-Finch is restricted to the west coast of central and southern Peru. Although this region is relatively accessible, unlike many portions of Andean and Amazonian Peru, the Raimondi's Yellow-Finch remains very poorly known. For decades, in fact, raimondii was classified as only a subspecies of the widespread Grassland Yellow-Finch (Sicalis luteola), until it was demonstrated that both species are present in western Peru. The two species rarely if ever occur together, however: Grassland Yellow-Finch is found in pastures and marshes, whereas Raimondi's Yellow-Finch occupies arid rocky slopes and cactus "forests." Raimondi's is grayer than Grassland, and in particular has gray (not yellow-green or tawny) auriculars and narrow gray (not yellow-green) margins to remiges. In the nonbreeding season, Raimondi's Yellow-Finches form large flocks, and may be nomadic.

Distribution of the Raimondi's Yellow-Finch
  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding
Distribution of the Raimondi's Yellow-Finch

Recommended Citation

Schulenberg, T. S. (2012). Raimondi's Yellow-Finch (Sicalis raimondii), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/nb.rayfin1.01