Family Finches (Fringillidae)

Least Concern

Hooded Grosbeak (Hesperiphona abeillei)


French: Gros-bec à capuchon German: Kapuzenkernbeißer Spanish: Picogordo encapuchado

Guiraca abeillei


, 1839,



Four subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • H. a. pallida Nelson, 1928 – NW Mexico (S Chihuahua, Sinaloa and Durango).
  • H. a. saturata Sutton & Burleigh, 1939 – NE Mexico (E San Luis Potosí and SW Tamaulipas).
  • H. a. abeillei (Lesson, 1839) – C & S Mexico (Guerrero, and Michoacán E to Veracruz and N Oaxaca).
  • H. a. cobanensis Nelson, 1928 – S Mexico (SE Chiapas) E to SW Guatemala.
  • Descriptive notes

    16–18·5 cm; c. 46–50 g. Fairly large, large-billed, plump grosbeak with short, slightly notched tail. Male nominate race has entire head to nape, side of neck,... read more


    Call is "beebink" or a disyllabic "bree-bink" or "bre-bruk", also... read more


    Inhabits submontane and lower montane deciduous forest, pine-oak (Pinus-Quercus)... read more

    Food and feeding

    Mostly seeds, buds, berries and fruit. Forages unobtrusively in upper and canopy levels of trees, sometimes on exposed perches at top of... read more


    Nest reported to be situated at middle to upper levels in trees. No other verified information available.


    Resident or partially nomadic; small numbers wander to lower-level foothills and valleys in non-... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Comparatively poorly known species. Locally common to uncommon or rare.

    Recommended citation

    Clement, P. (2020). Hooded Grosbeak (Hesperiphona abeillei). 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).