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Male
Photo © by megan perkins
Amazonia Lodge, Peru, November 2005
Spinus olivaceus

Carduelis olivacea

Identification

Female
Photo © by Stanley Jones
Cock of the Rock Lodge, Challabamba, Parque Nacional del Manu, Cusco Department, Peru, September 2018

10–11 cm (4-4¼ in)

  • Fine, pointed bill
  • Greenish-yellow overall plumage
  • Yellow wing bars
  • Notched tail

Male

  • Black head, nape, throat and upper breast

Distribution

South America: found on the East slope of Andes of south-eastern Ecuador to Peru and western Bolivia.

Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].

Formerly placed in genus Carduelis.

Habitat

Sub-tropical montane forests, in the canopy, forest edges and clearings. Observed at heights around 1,398 m.

Behaviour

Juveniles with female on left
Photo © by Stanley Jones
Cock of the Rock Lodge, Challabamba, Parque Nacional del Manu, Cusco Department, Peru, September 2018

Diet

Their diet consists mostly of seeds, especially from low growing plants, shrubs and trees.

References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved January 2019)
  3. BF Member observations

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