Family Finches (Fringillidae)

Least Concern

Bronze-green Euphonia (Euphonia mesochrysa)


French: Organiste mordoré German: Grünscheitelorganist Spanish: Eufonia verdosa

Euphonia mesochrysa


, 1873,

no locality = Bogotá


Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • E. m. mesochrysa Salvadori, 1873 – Colombia (at head of Magdalena Valley in Huila; E slope of E Andes from E Cundinamarca and W Meta) S to E Ecuador.
  • E. m. media (J. T. Zimmer, 1943) – N & C Peru on E slope of Andes (Amazonas and Cajamarca) S to Cuzco (R Chanchamayo).
  • E. m. tavarae (Chapman, 1925) – SE Peru (S from R Tavara) S on E slope of Andes to Bolivia (to Cochabamba and extreme W Santa Cruz).
  • Descriptive notes

    9–10 cm; 12–15 g. Small and rather drab euphonia with thick and stubby bill. Male nominate race has narrow dark olive band (inconspicuous) over bill, bordered above on... read more


    Rather quiet; lacks loud whistles of “black-and-yellow” euphonias, and all vocalizations somewhat... read more


    Humid and wet montane forest (cloudforest). Occurs in steep hillside forest and along forest... read more

    Food and feeding

    Fruits and berries; probably some insects. Apparently feeds mainly on berries of smaller trees and shrubs with low but prolonged fruiting... read more


    No information.


    Little information. Some seasonal or irregular elevational movement in response to changing... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Uncommon. Can be found in a number of protected areas on E Andean slope, including Cordillera Los Picachos National Park (Colombia), Sangay National... read more

    Recommended citation

    Hilty, S. (2019). Bronze-green Euphonia (Euphonia mesochrysa). 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 6 December 2019).