plain greyish-brown plumage; darker face; orange bill (Brazil; 2007-11-09)

Pampa Finch
Embernagra platensis

Native Range: South America

Notes: formerly placed in the sparrow family Emberizidae, recent genetic evidence suggests that this species is related more closely to tanagers, hence its current placement in Thraupidae; inhabits open grasslands with mixed shrubs.

head portrait; note the distinctively large orange bill (Brazil; 2007-11-09)

frotal view; (Brazil; 2007-11-09)