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Female Saffron Finch (Sicalis flaveola) | by Frank Shufelt
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Female Saffron Finch (Sicalis flaveola)

This is an adult female Saffron Finch (Sicalis flaveola) feeding on grass seed.. Normally it is not easy to differentiate gender of the Saffron Finch. In this case I was able to do so because there were two (obviously a pair) that were caring for the fledgling in the previous post. The male has slightly more orange on the forehead. By observing the male and female side by side I was able to determine gender. Unfortunately, I did not obtain a good image of the accompanying male.


The Saffron Finch is one of several seedeaters common throughout South America at altitudes below 2,000 meters. They are usually seen in groups or pairs feeding on the ground.


In most regions this bird is called a canary but it's really a tanager of the Thraupidae family. Taken at La Siria, Circasia, Quindío, Colombia at about 1,450 meters (4800 feet) above sea level.


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Taken on February 15, 2016