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Photo by Rodrigo Reyes
Cajón del Maipo, central Chile, August 2008

Alternative name: Common Diuca Finch

Diuca diuca


Length 17cm (6-3/4") A large bird of typical finch morph

  • Grey upperparts and head
  • Small white crescents above and below eyes
  • White throat
  • Grey breast band and flanks
Photo by Rodrigo Reyes
Cachagua, Chile, September, 2005
  • White belly in inverted V shape
  • Cinnamon crissum
  • Large blue grey bill with curved culmen

Female - browner


South America: found in Bolivia, Brazil, Chile and Argentina.



Four subspecies are recognized:[1]:

  • D. d. crassirostris:
  • D. d. diuca:
  • Andes of central Chile and central Argentina; also introduced on Rapa Nui (this subspecies?)
  • D. d. chiloensis:
  • Chiloé Island (off western Chile)
  • D. d. minor:
  • Argentina (Córdoba to Santa Cruz); winters to south-eastern Brazil


Photo by Luis R
Santuario Natural Yerba Loca, Santiago de Chile, April 2016

Dry and high-altitude shrubland, farmland, forest edges and urban gardens.



Nests in shrubs with dense leaf cover but no thorns.


Song: long, loud song with single chirps similar to whit or chit.


  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. Arthur Grosset

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