Family Finches (Fringillidae)

Least Concern

Fulvous-vented Euphonia (Euphonia fulvicrissa)


French: Organiste cul-roux German: Roststeißorganist Spanish: Eufonia ventricanela

Euphonia fulvicrissa

P. L. Sclater

, 1857,

Santa Marta, Colombia; probably error = locality undetermined


Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • E. f. fulvicrissa P. L. Sclater, 1857 – C Panama (from Coclé and Colón on Caribbean side and Panamá Province on Pacific side) E to W Colombia (N Chocó).
  • E. f. omissa E. J. O. Hartert, 1913 – N base of Colombian Andes from Antioquia E to NW end of E Andes in Norte de Santander (including Sinú Valley, lower Cauca Valley and middle Magdalena Valley) and Pacific coast S to Cauca.
  • E. f. purpurascens E. J. O. Hartert, 1901 – SW Colombia (Nariño) S to NW Ecuador (Esmeraldas, Manabí and NW Pichincha).
  • Descriptive notes

    9 cm; 10·1–13 g. Rather small euphonia with tawny-rufous undertail-coverts. Male nominate race has small lemon-yellow patch on forehead extending back to just above eye; rest... read more


    Commonest call a chattery rattle, “d’e’e’e’h, d’e’e’e’h”, occasionally a single “d’e’e’e’h” or up... read more


    Humid and wet forest, forest borders, and shrubby or overgrown clearings and second-growth woodland... read more

    Food and feeding

    Typically feeds on small fruits, less than 5 mm in diameter; also reported as taking arthropods. In Panama, known to eat catkins of ... read more


    In Colombia, 13 birds in breeding condition in Jan–Jul in N and two others in Apr in Antioquia. Covered nest with side entrance, like that... read more


    Resident. Minor elevational movement (seasonal or wandering individuals) possible, but... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Fairly common to common over most of range. Occurs in numerous protected areas, including Metropolitan, Soberanía, Chagres and Darién ­National... read more

    Recommended citation

    Hilty, S. (2020). Fulvous-vented Euphonia (Euphonia fulvicrissa). 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 21 February 2020).