Family Finches (Fringillidae)

Least Concern

Chestnut-breasted Chlorophonia (Chlorophonia pyrrhophrys)


French: Organiste à ventre brun German: Schwarzbrauenorganist Spanish: Clorofonia pechicastaña

Euphonia pyrrhophrys

P. L. Sclater

, 1851,





Sierra de Perijá (Colombia–Venezuela border), and Andes of W Venezuela (S from Trujillo) S to Colombia (Norte de Santander; locally in W & C ranges), Ecuador (S on W slope to Pichincha, on E slope locally to Loja), and on E slope S to Peru (on Piura–Cajamarca border, and locally from Amazonas S to Huánuco).

Descriptive notes

12 cm; 16–18 g. Short-tailed, short-billed and chunky, with colourful, strongly marked plumage. Male has base of forehead green, rest of crown and nape rich cyanine-blue,... read more


Commonest call a soft, nasal “neck-nuur” repeated over and over, or occasionally 3–4 notes in the... read more


Humid and wet montane forest, especially heavily epiphyte-laden forest (cloudforest), along forest... read more

Food and feeding

Mostly berries of mistletoe (Loranthaceae), also berries of various species of Ericaceae, and observed to eat fruit of figs (Ficus... read more


Nest-building in Mar in Venezuela. Both sexes observed to bring material, nest apparently a tight, domed structure of tendrils and fibres,... read more


Resident. Perhaps some local movements in response to food abundance; reported as occurring locally... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Rare to uncommon over most of range. Probably declining. Present in numerous protected areas, including Sierra Nevada National Park (Venezuela),... read more

Recommended citation

Hilty, S. (2019). Chestnut-breasted Chlorophonia (Chlorophonia pyrrhophrys). 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 12 December 2019).