Family Finches (Fringillidae)

Least Concern

Blue-crowned Chlorophonia (Chlorophonia occipitalis)


French: Organiste à calotte bleue German: Blauscheitelorganist Spanish: Clorofonia coroniazul

Euphonia occipitalis

du Bus de Gisignies

, 1847,



Formerly considered conspecific with C. callophrys. Monotypic.


E Mexico (from Veracruz) S to N Nicaragua.

Descriptive notes

13 cm; 25–27·5 g. Short-tailed, with stubby bill, chunky shape and predominantly green-and-yellow plumage. Male has rather small, circular turquoise-blue central crown patch... read more


Most common calls include a rather low, nasal “enk” and “enk-it”, and a plaintive downward-... read more


Humid montane forest, shady plantations, and scattered trees in clearings. Recorded at 500–2500 m,... read more

Food and feeding

Diet believed to be almost entirely fruit; possibly some insects. Feeds heavily on mistletoe berries (Loranthaceae) and other small berries... read more


Nests found in Apr in Mexico. Nest built by both sexes, a rounded or domed structure with small side entrance, constructed from bark, moss... read more


Resident. Some post-breeding wandering or seasonal movements from higher to lower elevations, but... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Common to fairly common in Mexico. Occurs in a few protected areas, including El Triunfo National Park (Mexico), Celaque, Cusuco and La Muralla... read more

Recommended citation

Hilty, S. (2019). Blue-crowned Chlorophonia (Chlorophonia occipitalis). 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 on 13 December 2019).