male; orangish head; bright yellow body (Panama; 2008-06-21)

Saffron Finch
Sicalis flaveola

Native Range: South America

Notes: despite its common name, this bright yellow species belongs to the tanager family (Thraupidae) rather than to any finch family (such as Fringillidae); sometimes used in the pet trade, this species has been widely introduced outside its native South American range.

male with drabber female in the background (Panama; 2008-06-21)

dorsal view of male; some dark on wings and tail (Panama; 2008-06-21)

a happy couple (Panama; 2008-06-21)
dorsal view of male (Brazil; 2007-11-09)
dorsal view of female or perhaps a juvenile (Brazil; 2007-11-09) ventral view of male (Brazil; 2007-11-09)
male and female (Brazil; 2007-11-09)