Family Cardinals (Cardinalidae)

Least Concern

Crimson-collared Grosbeak (Caryothraustes celaeno)


French: Cardinal à collier German: Halsbandkardinal Spanish: Picogrueso acollarado

Tanagra Celaeno

W. Deppe

, 1830,

Papantla, Veracruz, Mexico




Atlantic slope of NE Mexico from C Nuevo León, S Tamaulipas and E San Luis Potosí, S to Querétaro, Hidalgo, NE Puebla and N Veracruz; casual in winter to S Texas.

Descriptive notes

21–22 cm; one female 60 g. Male has crown, face, ear-coverts, chin, throat and upper chest black, nape dark crimson, mantle deep dull crimson, back and rump black with dull... read more


Song a rich to slightly burry warble, often upslurred at end; somewhat similar to that of ... read more


Humid to semi-arid brushy woodland and edge, second growth; also citrus groves and sweet gums (... read more

Food and feeding

Frequently folivorous; stomach contents (Tamaulipas) chewed-up leaves of nightshade (Solanum verbascifolium), also some... read more


Nest found in May. Apparently only one nest so far described, a loosely constructed cup of twigs, thinly lined and not deep, located 2 m up... read more


Apparently sedentary. Some movement or wandering: numerous records in S Texas (S USA), 200 km and... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in North-east Mexican Gulf Slope EBA. Fairly common to uncommon over much of range. Appears able to adapt to some... read more

Recommended citation

Brewer, D. (2019). Crimson-collared Grosbeak (Caryothraustes celaeno). 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 19 June 2019).