Coalcrest Charitospiza eucosma
(aka Coal-crested Finch)
Coal-crested Finch, Chapada dos Guimarães, Mato Grosso, Brazil, Sept 2000 - click for larger image Brazil

The male in the first photo is showing its crest well. The crest is usually held laid back against the head as can be seen in the third photo. The female is duller and browner with faint markings on the face and no black on the throat or chest.

Coal-crested Finch, Guaraí, Tocantins, Brazil, February 2002 - click for larger image It is classified as Near Threatened in Threatened Birds of the World, Page 682 largely because of the threat to its habitat although it does mention the threat posed by the Brazilian caged bird trade. It is found in the Brazilian cerrado and caatinga where it feeds on seeds of plants specifically found in these habitats. There are separate small populations in the Mendoza area of northern Argentina and in north-east Bolivia. See the distribution map at Birdlife International.
Coal-crested Finch, BA 349, Bahia, Brazil, February 2002 - click for larger image

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