Family Finches (Fringillidae)

Least Concern

Golden-browed Chlorophonia (Chlorophonia callophrys)


French: Organiste à sourcils jaunes German: Goldbrauenorganist Spanish: Clorofonia cejidorada

Triglyphidia callophrys


, 1861,

Costa Rica


Formerly considered conspecific with C. occipitalis; differs in its bold yellow forecrown and supercilium (3); more extensive and deeper blue crown, extending more boldly around neck (3); and more obvious blue around eyes (1). Monotypic.

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Mountains of Costa Rica and W Panama (Chiriquí and Veraguas).

Descriptive notes

13 cm; c. 24 g. Short-tailed, short-billed, chunky tanager with predominantly green-and-yellow plumage. Male has forehead and long broad supercilium golden-yellow, centre of... read more


In Costa Rica, call described as a soft, lamenting “koow” or “keeeu”; contact calls include variety... read more


In canopy and along borders of tall, wet forest (cloudforest), especially mossy, epiphyte-laden... read more

Food and feeding

Mainly fruits of mistletoes (of genera Gaiadendron, Psittacanthus), berries of Ericaceae, Araceae, Marcgraviaceae and... read more


Season Feb–Jun in Costa Rica; second nesting may be attempted within two weeks of fledging of first brood. Nest built by both sexes, a... read more


Not well documented. Small groups wander somewhat when not breeding. Some seasonal elevational... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Costa Rica and Panama Highlands EBA. Fairly common to locally common in Costa Rica; uncommon in Panama. Has... read more

Recommended citation

Hilty, S. (2020). Golden-browed Chlorophonia (Chlorophonia callophrys). 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 29 February 2020).