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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


mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah 2 weeks ago

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

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 2 weeks 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 2 weeks ago

Two friends in South America have both confirmed Saffron Finch.

mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah 2 weeks 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 2 weeks 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 2 weeks ago

Thank you for the confirmation, Stephen! :)

Hawaii, USA

Lat: 19.73, Long: -155.07

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

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