Reserva Ecológica Costanera Sur

Sitio realizado por aficionados a la observación de aves desde 10 de enero 2006

Mourning Sierra-Finch - Phrygilus fruticeti

Order: Passeriformes (Oscines) - Family: Thraupidae Status: Winter visitor. Habitat: Bushland and Grassland

All records since January 2014
Adult female
Yal negroH/Mourning Sierra-FinchF© Julián Cappuccio
Brownish grey. Whitish underparts streaked dark brown. Wings and tail dark brown. Wing coverts edged white. Bill and legs orange
Yal negroH/Mourning Sierra-FinchF© Julián Cappuccio
Cinnamon-brown auriculars
Yal negroH/Mourning Sierra-FinchF© Julián Cappuccio
Greyish back streaked black. Grey rump.
Yal negro/Mourning Sierra-FinchSergio Cusano
It is a winter visitor. Only females and juveniles have been seen at the reserve.
Yal negro/Mourning Sierra-Finch© Claudia Furman
Juvenile male of Mourning Sierra-Finch eating and singing 9-2011 © Roberto Ares This Sierra-Finch lives in Patagonia and along the Andes. During the winter these southern birds move to the north reaching Buenos Aires. It was last seen some years ago. And funny enough, only females have been registered at Costanera. On this occasion a juvenile male visited us. The plumage of this individual is mainly grey and black in the lower belly and lacks the female's typically speckled flanks. The cinnamon colour of the cheeks is darker. This individual has light lines on both sides of the throat, which seems to be getting darker downwards. This is the typical "fresh" plumage of males, in which the black colour becomes even darker as the plumage wears off. Besides, there are black areas on the rest of the face from the bill base to the loral area. Males' bill is yellow in the breeding season, but darker outside this time. This may be because it is still young. And last but not least... it is singing beautifully! This is typical among oscine passerines during the breeding reproduction, perched on a branch and claiming territory! Germán Pugnali
Previous registers
Yal negroH/Mourning Sierra-FinchF13 4 13 © Milano-Muszkats Yal negroH/Mourning Sierra-FinchF17 10 13 © Julián Cappuccio
Yal negroJ/Mourning Sierra-FinchJ17 9 11 © J. Simón Tagtachian Yal negro/Mourning Sierra-Finch18 9 11 © Claudia Furman
Yal negro/Mourning Sierra-Finch8 9 07 © Hugo Hulsberg Yal negro/Mourning Sierra-Finch12 8 07 © Hugo Hulsberg
Yal negro/Mourning Sierra-Finch9 2005 © Hugo Hulsberg Yal negro/Mourning Sierra-Finch9 2005 © Alberto Gurni
More photographic records since January 2013