The Saffron Finch is a widely distributed bird, but its presence is unevenly spread out. The male bird sports a bright yellow plumage with a striking orange color on its forehead. Unlike other yellowfinches, it typically has less of a brownish-olive tone on its back and wings. However, in the southern regions, the Saffron Finch appears duller and more brown in color. The females are not as bright as males and can be even duller in the southern populations, with streaks along their body. Although similar in appearance, the Grassland Yellow-Finch is usually duller and more heavily streaked above. Another species, the Orange-fronted Yellow-Finch, is smaller than the Saffron Finch. Found in dry open habitats such as agricultural lands and towns, these birds often move around in flocks.