Patagonian Sierra-Finch

About the Patagonian Sierra-Finch

Also known as: Patagonian Hooded Sierra-Finch, Patagonian Sierrafinch

The Patagonian Sierra-Finch is a small songbird that lives in far southwest South America. They are sparrow-like in appearance and behavior, but more closely related to tanagers. They have slate-grey or blue-grey hoods, wings, and tails. The body color may be russet or reddish with a yellow or green tinge.

Patagonian Sierra-Finches eat both plant and animal matter. Besides seeds, fruit, and insects, they may dine on nectar or sap. They will visit back yard feeding stations and have also been seen feeding from scraps of garbage.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 18 October 2012
Scientific Name
Phrygilus patagonicus
  • Passeriformes
  • Thraupidae
  • Phrygilus
  • P. patagonicus
Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 7 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
5.7 to 5.9 inches
.6 to 1 ounces

International Names

Chinese (汉语) 南美岭雀鹀
Czech (Cesky) dijuka patagonská
Danish (Dansk) Patagonsk Andesfinke
Dutch (Nederlands) Patagonische Sierragors
Finnish (Suomi) patagoniansirkku
French (Français) Phrygile de Patagonie
German (Deutsch) Magellanämmerling
Italian (Italiano) Fringuello della Sierra patagonico
Japanese (日本語) パタゴニアヤマシトド (patagoniayamashitodo)
Norwegian (Norsk) Chileandesspurv
Polish (Polski) chrusciak magellanski
Russian (русский язык) Патагонский овсяночник
Spanish (Español) Fringilo Patagónico
Swedish (Svenska) Patagonsierrafink
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