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Photo © by Robert Scanlon
Lomas de Lachay, Peru, January 2005
Rhopospina alaudinus

Porphyrospiza alaudina
Phrygilus alaudinus
Corydospiza alaudina


Male: Blue-grey head, neck, upper chest and flanks. White under chest, abdomen and under-tail coverts. Back bluish grey with blackish lines. Black tail, central rectrices with wide white band. Yellow bill, legs orange.
Female: Head, back, upper tail coverts and upper wing coverts brownish gray with black lines, thinner on head. White throat, front neck, chest and flanks with cinnamon lines, white abdomen. Tail has a white band which is narrower than in the male. Bill horny. Legs orange.


Female (or possibly juvenile)
Photo © by nkgray
Yerba Loca nature sanctuary, near Santiago, Chile, 5 May 2013

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


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


There are 6 subspecies[1]:

  • R. a. bipartita:
  • R. a. humboldti:
  • Coastal southern Ecuador and northern Peru (south to Piura)
  • R. a. bracki:
  • Central Peru (arid inter-Andean of upper Río Huallaga)
  • R.. a. excelsa:
  • R. a. alaudina:
  • Andes of Chile (Atacama to Valdivia)
  • R. a. venturii:
  • Andes of Argentina (Jujuy and Salta to Tucumán and w Córdoba)


Dry and high-altitude shrubland.


A ground nester. Three or four eggs, which are light olive beige with little spots of violet and black, are laid in an open cup-type nest made of soft grass, lined with fine grass or horse hair.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2021. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2021. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase

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