|Grey-hooded Sierra-finch Phrygilus gayi
Chilean name: Cometocino de Gay
The Grey-hooded Sierra-finch breeds in central and southern Chile and adjacent areas of Argentina. Patagonian populations migrate northwards for the austral winter.
|It is found in open areas such as Andean slopes where photos 1,2,5,6 and 7 were taken and Patagonian steppe where photos 3 and 4 were taken. The similar Patagonian Sierra-finch P. patagonicus is not found in open areas.
It is also duller than Patagonian Sierra-finch and the white on the lower belly is more extensive.
|The male, as seen in photos 1, 2, 5,6 and 7, has a grey hood with dark grey lores and an olive-green back. The female is duller with black and white malar stripes as seen in photo 3 (this is possibly a sub-adult female). Photo 4 shows an immature bird.|
|There are recordings on xeno-canto.|
|This male was feeding, apparently on the pollen or nectar of this yucca-type plant and has two spots of pollen on its crown. This is the same plant at which I have seen Giant Hummingbird Patagonas gigas feeding.|