Saffron Finch: Native to South America. Upperparts are yellow-green, underparts are yellow. Crown is orange. Wing and tail feathers are black edged with yellow. Bill is gray on upper mandible and ivory on lower mandible. Legs and feet pink-gray. Undulating flight, alternates flapping and gliding.
Range and Habitat
Saffron Finch: Introduced to Hawaii in the 1960s. Prefers lowlands that are open or lightly wooded. Native to South America outside the Amazon Basin.
The Saffron Finch is also known as the Yellow Finch and Pelzeln's Finch.
It was first described by Carolus Linnaeus in 1766.
Males can be aggressive during breeding season, in some places 2 males are placed in a cage to fight.
A group of finches has many collective nouns, including a "charm", "company", and "trembling" of finches.
The Saffron Finch has a large range, estimated globally at approximately 6,600,000 square kilometers. It is primarily found in South America and nearby island nations. This bird prefers Shrubland ecological systems that are subtropical or tropical, though it has been known to live in rural gardens and urban areas. The population of the bird has not been determined but is does not appear to be experiencing a significant decline. The Saffron Finch does not currently meet the criteria for the IUCN Red List and has an evaluation level of Least Concern.