Family Finches (Fringillidae)

Least Concern

Hispaniolan Euphonia (Euphonia musica)


French: Organiste louis-d’or German: Hispaniolaorganist Spanish: Eufonia de La Española
Other common names: Antillean Euphonia (when treated as conspecific with E. sclateri and E. flavifrons)

Pipra musica

J. F. Gmelin

, 1789,

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic


Hitherto treated as conspecific with E. sclateri and E. flavifrons, and these three form a species group with E. elegantissima and E. cyanocephala, all formerly being considered conspecific. Monotypic.


Hispaniola and Gonâve I.

Descriptive notes

10 cm; 12·4–16 g, eight birds from Guadeloupe 13·4–18·5 g. Small euphonia with short thick bill. Male nominate race has lores, side of head... read more


Song a trilling, tinkling “tuc-tuc-tuc...”, punctuated with sharp whistles, often in... read more


Occurs in dry to humid and wet forest and along borders and disturbed areas, wherever mistletoe (... read more

Food and feeding

Small fruits, e.g. on St Vincent reported as eating buds of silk-cotton tree (Bombax); believed to eat catkins of Cecropia... read more


Season Jan–Jul. Nest a grassy domed structure with side entrance, usually well concealed in moss and epiphytes in tree; on St Vincent... read more


Chiefly resident. Seasonal elevational movements between highlands and lowlands reported, as yet... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Hispaniola EBA, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands EBA and Lesser Antilles EBA. Common in most of Hispaniola,... read more

Recommended citation

Hilty, S. (2017). Hispaniolan Euphonia (Euphonia musica). 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 November 2017).