Saffron Finch

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Saffron Finch

Range:

Northern Colombia and Venezuela; Ecuador and Peru and north-east Brazil to central Argentina.

Habitat:

Grasslands and brushy areas; lowlands outside Amazon basin.

Characteristics:

The male is bright yellow with an orange crown which distinguishes it from other yellow finches in the continent. The females are more confusing as they can sometimes be just a duller version of the male but are often olive-brown with heavy dark streaks.

Saffron Finch
Behavior:

They are cavity nesters; they stuff a messy mass of straw and feathers into a hole in a tree, under eaves of buildings or in rock crevices.

Reproduction:

13 to 14 days. 3-4 eggs

Saffron Finch
Range
Class: birds
Genus: Sicalis
Species: flaveola
Height: 5.5 to 6 inches
Average Lifespan: 40
Wild Diet: Insects, seeds
Predators: Raptors, snakes, some carnivorous animals.
USFWS Status: Not Listed
CITES Status: Not Listed
Where at the Zoo? Small Animal Building: Temperate Zone


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