Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Plushcap (Catamblyrhynchus diadema)


Taxonomy

French: Tête-de-peluche couronné German: Plüschkopftangare Spanish: Tangara peluda
Taxonomy:

Catamblyrhynchus diadema

Lafresnaye

, 1842,

“Bogotá”

.

Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. d. diadema Lafresnaye, 1842 – W Venezuela (Sierra de Perijá, and Andes S from Trujillo) and Colombia (Santa Marta Mts, and Andes generally) S to S Ecuador.
  • C. d. federalis Phelps, Sr & Phelps, Jr, 1953 – coastal cordillera (Aragua, Vargas and Distrito Federal, probably also Miranda), in N Venezuela.
  • C. d. citrinifrons Berlepsch & Stolzmann, 1896 – Andes of Peru S on W slope to Lambayeque, and throughout E slope S to Bolivia (La Paz, Cochabamba and W Santa Cruz) and to NW Argentina (Jujuy).
  • Descriptive notes

    14 cm; 16 g, male average 14·9 g and female average 13·4 g (Bolivia). Distinctive species, adult with yellow forehead and chestnut underparts, with stubby bill thick and... read more

    Voice

    Not often heard. Gives soft, high “chip” notes when foraging. In Peru, song a jerky, disjointed... read more

    Habitat

    Wet montane forest, dense forest borders, second growth, and elfin forest at or near tree-line; in... read more

    Food and feeding

    Food apparently mostly small insects and other arthropods, perhaps some plant material, taken around the leafy bamboo internodes. Rather... read more

    Breeding

    Juvenile with adults in late Dec and immatures seen in early Feb in N Venezuela; fledglings reported in Oct in Colombia (Quindío), Jun in... read more

    Movements

    None reported. Apparently resident.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Uncommon to locally fairly common. Home range or foraging range may be fairly large, corresponding to area used by mixed-species flock which it... read more

    Recommended citation

    Hilty, S. (2017). Plushcap (Catamblyrhynchus diadema). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from http://www.hbw.com/node/61777 on 20 August 2017).