Family Finches (Fringillidae)

Least Concern

Golden-sided Euphonia (Euphonia cayennensis)


French: Organiste nègre German: Cayenneorganist Spanish: Eufonia negra

Tanagra cayennensis

J. F. Gmelin

, 1789,

Cayenne, French Guiana




SE Venezuela (E Bolívar), the Guianas, and NE Brazil from Manaus E (on both sides of R Amazon) to Pará and N Maranhão.

Descriptive notes

11 cm; 11·8–16 g. Smallish, relatively short-tailed, stout-billed euphonia, male distinctive with almost wholly dark plumage. Male is entirely dark glossy steel-blue above... read more


Call a low, coarse, gravelly “j’a’a’a’a” repeated 2–6 times, sometimes quickly; almost identical to... read more


Occurs in canopy of humid lowland forest and forest borders, in some areas also in scrubbier, drier... read more

Food and feeding

Food is not well documented; mostly small berries and fruit, and probably some insects. Two stomachs contained only berries. Often... read more


Breeding recorded in Nov in Brazil (Pará). Nest in Brazil rounded or covered and with side entrance, much like those of congeners, made... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Uncommon to fairly common; in most areas present at low density. Occurs in several large protected areas, including Canaima National Park (Venezuela... read more

Recommended citation

Hilty, S. (2020). Golden-sided Euphonia (Euphonia cayennensis). 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 17 February 2020).