Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Near Threatened

Coalcrest (Charitospiza eucosma)


French: Charitospize charbonnier German: Meisentangare Spanish: Monterita crestada

Charitospiza eucosma


, 1905,

Fazenda Valo [= Geral do Valo], near frontier of Minas Gerais, Bahia, Brazil


Originally named Fringilla ornata, but that name invalid, as preoccupied. Monotypic.


EC Brazil from SE Pará, S Maranhão and NC Piauí, S to SE Mato Grosso, NW São Paulo and W Minas Gerais, and recently found in Rio Grande do Norte, northernmost NE Brazil#R; also found in N & extreme NE Bolivia (Beni, N Santa Cruz) and N Argentina (Tafí del Valle, in Santiago del Estero).

Descriptive notes

11·5 cm. Small plump-bodied finch with relatively long triangular bill with straight culmen and gonys, and with distinctive thin crest. Male has top of head, including... read more


Song pleasant and loud, but tempo resembles that of Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus),... read more


Cerrado habitat with grass, and scattered shrubs and low trees, also caatinga... read more

Food and feeding

Presumably seeds and insects. Forages while on ground, often in patches of bare earth; will also forage in low shrubs. Inconspicuous.... read more


A study in the C Brazil cerrado, based on 44 nests, revealed two discrete breeding peaks within the rainy season, in Sept–... read more


Appears to perform local movements tied to rainfall patterns, as well as following habitats created... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Uncommon and local. Has moderately small global population likely to be declining owing to habitat loss caused... read more

Recommended citation

Jaramillo, A., de Juana, E. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Coalcrest (Charitospiza eucosma). 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 23 January 2020).