Bay-chested Warbling-finch Castanozoster thoracicus
(aka Poospiza thoracica)
Brazilian name: Peito-pinhão
Bay-chested Warbling-Finch, Itatiaia, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, November 2008 - click for larger image Itatiaia, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
November 2008

The Bay-chested Warbling-Finch is a Brazilian endemic distributed in south-east Brazil from eastern Minas Gerais to the north of Rio Grande do Sul. See the distribution map at Birdlife International. It is found in the scrubby margins of Atlantic Rain Forest at between 800 and 2,000 metres.

Bay-chested Warbling-Finch, Itatiaia, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, November 2008 - click for larger image Its most distinctive feature is the broad chestnut band across the chest and along the flanks. The remaining underparts are white while the upperparts are grey. There is a white crescent below the eye and white edging to the wing feathers.

Bay-chested Warbling-Finch, Itatiaia, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, November 2008 - click for larger image
Bay-chested Warbling-Finch, Itatiaia, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, November 2008 - click for larger image
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