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Ash-breasted Sierra Finch - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Peter de Haas
Huaraz, Peru, January, 2007
Geospizopsis plebejus

Phrygilus plebejus


11–11·5 cm
A small drab bird with plain whitish front; some subtle striping on wings and back. Back gray. Short conical bill.


South America: found in Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina


This species has in the past been placed in genus Phrygilus.


Two subspecies are recognized[1]:

A third subspecies G. p. naroskyi is not recognised by all authorities[2]


Dry shrubland, puna grassland at 3400-4500m, but occasionally seen much lower to around 1500 m or less.



Ground feeders. Their diet consists of seeds and arthropods.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved November 2014)
  4. BF member observations

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