Many-coloured Chaco-finch

Many-coloured Chaco-finch
Saltatricula multicolor

Photo by Victor Merlino (Ecoregistros)

Common name:
many-coloured Chaco-finch (en); bico-de-pimenta-chaquenho (pt); saltatricule du Chaco (fr); pepitero chico (es); vielfarbenammer (de)

Order Passeriformes
Family Emberizidae

This species is found from south-eastern Bolivia and western Paraguay  south to northern Argentina, Uruguay and marginally into south-western Brazil.

These birds are 18 cm long and weigh 20-25 g.

This species is mostly found in dry scrublands, but also uses dry tropical forests from sea level up to an altitude of 600 m.

They feed mainly on grass seeds but are also known to feed faculatively on sap released from drillings of the white-fronted woodpecker Melanerpes cactorum.

The many-coloured Chaco-finch breed in October-March. They nest in an open cup made of grass and scrub stems, lined with feathers, plant fibres and hair. The nest is placed 1-2 m above the ground in a small tree or scrub. The female lays 3-4 eggs which are incubated for 14 days. The chicks fledge 8 days after hatching.

IUCN status – LC (Least Concern)
This species has a very large breeding range and is described as common. The population is suspected to be in decline owing to the likelihood of ongoing habitat destruction.

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