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Saffron Finch

Sicalis flaveola


A tanager hopping in the grass.


Native to several countries within S. America, this bird was spotted on the big island of Hawaii.

3 Species ID Suggestions

Saffron Finch
Sicalis flaveola Saffron finch - Wikipedia
Orange-fronted yellow finch
Sicalis columbiana Orange-fronted yellow finch - Wikipedia

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mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah 5 years ago

Thanks for your input and help, Sergio and Stephen. Are we certain about subspecies?

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 5 years ago

From Wiki Aves ( - Sicalis flaveola flaveola (Linnaeus, 1766) - occurs in Colombia, Venezuela, Guianas and Trinidad. Introduced in Panama, Puerto Rico and Jamaica. Orange crown. Slightly greenish back and with few fine, almost imperceptible striae. Yellow lemon bottoms. Greater than S. f. brasiliensis. There are photos here:

Stephen Wain
Stephen Wain 5 years ago

Two friends in South America have both confirmed Saffron Finch.

mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah 5 years ago

Sadly, Stephen, I do not! I know it’s tricky to ID this little one without additional photos. Thanks for checking in with your friend for me.

Stephen Wain
Stephen Wain 5 years ago

I've changed my mind!! Do you have any other photos? I'm checking with a friend in South America

mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah 5 years ago

Thank you for the confirmation, Stephen! :)

mauna Kunzah
Spotted by
mauna Kunzah

Hilo, Hawaii, United States

Spotted on Dec 10, 2018
Submitted on Mar 3, 2019

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