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