Buff-bridled Inca-Finch / Incaspiza laeta

Buff-bridled Inca-Finch / Incaspiza laeta

Buff-bridled Inca-Finch

SCI Name:  Incaspiza laeta
Protonym:  Haemophila laeta Novit.Zool. 2 p.8
Taxonomy:  Passeriformes / Thraupidae /
Taxonomy Code:  bbifin1
Type Locality:  Cajabamba, 9,000 ft., Vina, 5,500 ft., Huamachuco; Chusgon, 8,500 ft., Huamachuco; Cajamarca, 9,000 ft., and Malea [=Malca], 8,000 ft., Cajabamba, Peru; type from Cajabamba, Cajamarca, fide Hellmayr, 1938, Field Mus. Nat. Hist. Publ., Zool. Ser., 13, pt. 11, p. 538.
Publish Year:  1895
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(Thraupidae; Ϯ Great Inca-finch I. pulchra) Incas, the native peoples of Peru at the time of the Spanish conquista; Gr. σπιζα spiza  finch  < σπιζω spizō  to chirp; the inca-finches or inca tanagers are confined to the Andes of Peru; "Genus Incaspiza. (Type, Hæmophila pulchra Sclater.)   Similar to Aimophila Swainson, in much rounded wings and proportions of feet, but with tail decidedly shorter than wing, maxilla narrower (vertically) than mandible, maxillary tomium without any convexity in middle portion and style of coloration very different.   Coloration: Back and scapulars plain chestnut, rest of upper parts plain grey; face black; chest and sides grayish; belly and under tail-coverts white or buffy; lateral rectrices chiefly white; bill yellow." (Ridgway 1898). 

L. laetus  bright, joyful.
● Benevides, Para, Brazil (< Portuguese bem  good; vide  to see  < L. bene  good; videre  to see) (Cercomacroides).