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Yellowgreen finch 2.jpg
Saffron finch
Sicalis flaveola
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Thraupidae
Genus: Sicalis
F. Boie, 1828

Sicalis is a genus of bird in the family Thraupidae. Sometimes classified in the bunting and American sparrow family Emberizidae, more recent studies have shown it to belong in the Thraupidae.


From Greek σικαλις sikalis, συκαλλις sukallis or συκαλις sukalis, συκαλιδος sukalidos; which is a small, black-headed bird, mentioned by Epicharmus, Aristotle, and other authors, not further identified, but perhaps a sort of warbler. From συκη sukē "fig-tree".[1]


Image Scientific name Common Name Distribution
Canário-rasteiro (cropped).jpg Sicalis citrina Stripe-tailed yellow finch Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, and Venezuela
TIPIO (Sicalis luteola).jpg Sicalis lutea Puna yellow finch Argentina, Bolivia, and Peru.
Bright-rumped Yellow-Finch (8077601983).jpg Sicalis uropygialis Bright-rumped yellow finch the Altiplano of Peru, Bolivia and northern Chile and Argentina
Citron-headed Yellow-Finch (Sicalis luteocephala) (8077605702).jpg Sicalis luteocephala Citron-headed yellow finch Andes of Bolivia and far northern Argentina
Sicalis auriventris Greater yellow finch Argentina and Chile.
Greenish Yellow-Finch - Peru 86 varie 0044 (23392280695).jpg Sicalis olivascens Greenish yellow finch the Andes of Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, and Peru
Sicalis mendozae Monte yellow finch western Argentina.
Patagonian Yellow-Finch (Sicalis lebruni) (15935713886).jpg Sicalis lebruni Patagonian yellow finch Argentina and Tierra del Fuego; also Chile.
Orange-fronted yellow finch.jpg Sicalis columbiana Orange-fronted yellow finch Brazil, Colombia and Venezuela
Saffron finch (Sicalis flaveola) male.JPG Sicalis flaveola Saffron finch Ecuador, western Peru, eastern and southern Brazil , Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay, northern Argentina, and Trinidad and Tobago.
Sicalis luteola -Arroio Grande, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil-8.jpg Sicalis luteola Grassland yellow finch Colombia south and east to the Guianas and central Ecuador, Peru and Brazil. Birds which breed further south in Argentina and Uruguay migrate to Bolivia and southern Brazil, (the cerrado etc.), in the austral winter. There are also isolated populations in Central America and Mexico.
Sicalis raimondii Raimondi's yellow finch Peru
Sicalis taczanowskii Sulphur-throated finch Ecuador and Peru


  1. ^ HBW Alive: Sicalis.