|Patagonian Sierra-finch Phrygilus patagonicus
Chilean name: Cometocino patagónico
November / December 2005
The Patagonian Sierra-finch is distributed from central Chile to Patagonia and into adjacent areas of Argentina. It is found in forest and at forest edges which is useful when distinguishing it from the similar Grey-hooded Sierra-finch P. gai found only in open areas.
|It is brighter than the Grey-hooded Sierra-finch with much less white on the underparts mainly restricted to the undertail coverts. The male, seen here in photos 1, 3 and 4, has a bright, tawny back and a grey hood with black lores. The female, seen in photos 2 and 5 is much duller and without the throat stripes of the female Grey-headed. In fact it looks quite like a male Grey-hooded Sierra-finch.|