Family Finches (Fringillidae)

Least Concern

Chestnut-bellied Euphonia (Euphonia pectoralis)


French: Organiste à ventre marron German: Braunbauchorganist Spanish: Eufonia ventricastaña

Pipra pectoralis


, 1801,

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Described taxon “E. vittata” believed to have been a hybrid between present species and E. xanthogaster. Monotypic.


E & SE Brazil (Pernambuco and Alagoas; C Mato Grosso and S Bahia S to C Rio Grande do Sul), adjacent E Paraguay and NE Argentina (Misiones).

Descriptive notes

11 cm; 15–16·5 g. Rather small euphonia with thick bill, male distinctive in having no yellow forehead patch and no white in tail. Male has head to breast and... read more


Call a series of up to five coarse, low-pitched rattles, “j’a’a’a’a,... read more


Canopy of humid forest, along forest borders and in tree-scattered clearings. Sea-level to 1550 m... read more

Food and feeding

Small fruits, including those of melastomes, epiphytes, epiphytic cacti, Cecropia, palms, and Solanum; observed also to... read more


Breeding reported in Jan in SE Brazil (Rio de Janeiro) and Aug in Paraguay. Dome-shaped nest with small side entrance, made from mosses and... read more


Resident. Reports that this species may wander or undertake seasonal elevational movements in part... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Fairly common and widespread in SE Brazil and in extreme NE Argentina and E Paraguay. Deforestation extensive over most of its range, but generally... read more

Recommended citation

Hilty, S. (2020). Chestnut-bellied Euphonia (Euphonia pectoralis). 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 25 February 2020).