Wedge-tailed Grass-Finch (Emberizoides herbicola)

Wedge-tailed Grass-Finch

[order] PASSERIFORMES | [family] Thraupidae | [latin] Emberizoides herbicola | [UK] Wedge-tailed Grass-Finch | [FR] Grand Bruant des herbes | [DE] Keilschwanz-Ammer | [ES] Coludo Grande | [NL] Wigstaartgrasgors


Genus Species subspecies Breeding Range Breeding Range 2 Non Breeding Range

Physical charateristics

They have a long, pointed tail which is not shown well in these photos but you can see the yellow bill with a black ridge. Upperparts are olive brown with black streaks and the eyering and lores are white. Underparts are whitish to buff on the flanks.

Listen to the sound of Wedge-tailed Grass-Finch

[audio: Grass-Finch.mp3]

Copyright remark: Most sounds derived from xeno-canto

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Latin America : Costa Rica to Northeast Argentina


Its natural habitats are dry savanna, subtropical or tropical seasonally wet or flooded lowland grassland, and heavily degraded former forest. Favors completely o pen, bushless savanna.


Builds an open cup on the ground made and lined with dead grass. Clutch sze is two eggs.

Feeding habits

Feeds on seeds and small insects


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). Despite the fact that the population trend appears to be decreasing, the decline is not believed to be sufficiently rapid to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population trend criterion (>30% decline over ten years or three generations). The population size has not been quantified, but it is not believed to 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.
Wedge-tailed Grass-Finch status Least Concern


Sedentary throughout range.

Distribution map

Wedge-tailed Grass-Finch distribution range map

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