Family Cardinals (Cardinalidae)

Least Concern

Black-faced Grosbeak (Caryothraustes poliogaster)


Taxonomy

French: Cardinal à ventre blanc German: Graubauchkardinal Spanish: Picogrueso carinegro
Taxonomy:

Pitylus poligaster

du Bus de Gisignies

, 1847,

Guatemala

.

Has been treated as conspecific with C. canadensis; the two are sister-species#R. Race simulans of latter sometimes included in present species. Two subspecies recognized.

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).
  • Descriptive notes

    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

    Voice

    Noisy. Song consists of 3–6 mellow but sharp whistles, “cher-che weet, cher-che weet”; also... read more

    Habitat

    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

    Breeding

    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

    Movements

    Apparently sedentary.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Quite common to common in suitable habitat in much of range. Prefers undisturbed habitat.

    Recommended citation

    Brewer, D. (2018). Black-faced Grosbeak (Caryothraustes poliogaster). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/62189 on 17 November 2018).