Plumbeous Sierra-Finch (Phrygilus unicolor)

Sierra-Finch is an appropriate name for this species, as they are specialized to live from 3,000 meters above sea level at higher. They are mostly seed eaters and take advantage of plants of the subparamo and paramo region. The male is gray in coloration, but sometimes looks blueish on overcast lighting. The female on the other side is streaked in a combination of brown, black and gray. While being a shy species, getting them at eye level is fairly easy, as the vegetation at such altitudes does not grow very tall, and due to the low oxygen content, they stay perched for long periods of time, presumably to conserve precious energy.

Plumbeous Sierra-Finch, Male - Phrygilus unicolor - Gorrión Paramuno, Macho (2)

The male looks blue-gray. Since the plants at this elevation are not too tall, they perch at eye level.

Plumbeous Sierra-Finch, Male - Phrygilus unicolor - Gorrión Paramuno, Macho (3)

Some of these plants bear flowers and seeds, which is part of the diet of this species.

Plumbeous Sierra-Finch, Male - Phrygilus unicolor - Gorrión Paramuno, Macho

At this elevation, there is a pressing need to conserve energy due to the lack of oxygen. They stay quiet in a branch for quite some time.

Plumbeous Sierra-Finch, Female - Phrygilus unicolor - Gorrión Paramuno, Hembra

This Sierra-Finch inhabits Paramo at about 4,000 meters above sea level. Their body is plump to help conserve precious heat.

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