Orange-fronted Yellow Finch
A small, screaming yellow songbird that was quite common at our jungle lodge on the Rio Negro in the Amazon. They hung out around the lodge and waited for breakfast handouts. Because they look similar to several other South American yellow finches, I just assumed that they were nothing special until I got home and did a proper identification and realized to my joy that it was a Life Bird for me (species never seen before).
The orange-fronted yellow finch is a species of South American bird in the family Thraupidae. It has a highly disjunct distribution with ''S. c. columbiana'' found in Colombia and Venezuela, ''S. c. goeldii'' along the Amazon River in Brazil, and ''S. c. goeldii'' in east-central Brazil. It is found in semi-open areas, typically near water and sometimes near humans. The male closely resembles the saffron finch, but it is smaller, has a more contrasting orange front, and dusky lores. The female is.. more