French: Cardinal à ventre blanc German: Graubauchkardinal Spanish: Picogrueso carinegro
du Bus de Gisignies
Subspecies and Distribution
C. p. poliogaster
(du Bus de Gisignies, 1847) – Caribbean lowlands of Mexico (from C Veracruz, NE Oaxaca and N Chiapas E to S Quintana Roo), N Guatemala, Belize and N Honduras.
C. p. scapularis
(Ridgway, 1888) – Caribbean lowlands from E Honduras and Nicaragua S to Panama (Bocas del Toro, Veraguas and Coclé; formerly, or casually, farther E).
18–19 cm; 34·9–46·7 g (nominate). Nominate race has forehead yellow, becoming yellow-green on crown and nape, duller dark greenish-yellow on mantle... read more
Noisy. Song consists of 3–6 mellow but sharp whistles, “cher-che weet, cher-che weet”; also... read more
Humid lowland evergreen forest and forest edge; sea-level to 1200 m in Mexico, to 900 m in Costa... read more
Food and feeding
Food items both vegetable and animal: fruits of Mexican rubber tree (Castilla), berries of Hamelia, Bactris,... read more
Season mainly Apr–Jun; birds in breeding condition early Mar to late May in Belize. From limited observations appears to be co-operative... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Quite common to common in suitable habitat in much of range. Prefers undisturbed habitat.
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