Grassland Yellow-Finch (Sicalis luteola)

Grassland Yellow-Finch

[order] PASSERIFORMES | [family] Thraupidae | [latin] Sicalis luteola | [UK] Grassland Yellow-Finch | [FR] Bouton d’or jaunatre | [DE] Kurzschnabel-Gilbammer | [ES] Semillero Chirigue | [NL] Graslandsafraangors


Monotypic species


Physical charateristics

The Grassland Yellow Finch is about 12 cm long and weighs 13 g. The males have bright yellow underparts and rump, and olive yellow upperparts. The crown and nape have dark streaking, and there is yellow around the eye. Females have dark-streaked pale brown upperparts and dull yellow underparts.

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Latin America : widespread


It is found in tall grassland and beside marshes.


The female lays 3 brown-speckled pale blue-green eggs in a grassy cup nest in tall grass, and several pairs may breed close to each other in suitable areas.

Feeding habits

Feeds on seeds and small insects, usually forages in pairs.


This species has an extremely large range, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion (Extent of Occurrence <20,000 km2 combined with a declining or fluctuating range size, habitat extent/quality, or population size and a small number of locations or severe fragmentation). The population trend appears to be stable, and hence the species does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population trend criterion (>30% decline over ten years or three generations). The population size is very large, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population size criterion (<10,000 mature individuals with a continuing decline estimated to be >10% in ten years or three generations, or with a specified population structure). For these reasons the species is evaluated as Least Concern.
It is a resident breeding bird in tropical South America, from Colombia south and east to the Guianas and central Ecuador, Peru and Brazil.
Grassland Yellow-Finch status Least Concern


Sedentary in most of range but birds which breed further south in Argentina and Uruguay migrate to Bolivia and southern Brazil, (the cerrado etc.), in the austral winter.

Distribution map

Grassland Yellow-Finch distribution range map

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