Family Finches (Fringillidae)

Least Concern

Orange-crowned Euphonia (Euphonia saturata)


French: Organiste à calotte d’or German: Orangescheitelorganist Spanish: Eufonia coroninaranja

Phonasca saturata


, 1861,





Colombia on both slopes of W Andes (S from S Chocó and Risaralda), W Ecuador and extreme NW Peru (Tumbes).

Descriptive notes

10 cm. Small, relatively dark euphonia with rather short and thick bill. Male has entire crown (back almost to nape) deep orange-yellow; rest of head to foreneck and... read more


Song a leisurely series of “tsit” notes, nasal “tcheeur” notes, and fast “tididit” phrases. Call a... read more


Occurs in wide variety of semi-open areas with scattered trees, parks, tree-lined streamsides,... read more

Food and feeding

Few data available on diet; probably feeds mainly on small berries and fruits. Usually singly or in pairs that stay well up in trees in... read more


Nest-building in Apr in S Colombia (Pialapi Valley, 1790 m, in SW Nariño: nest built by female, globular, with side entrance, made from... read more


Little information. Recorded only Feb–Mar (single adult males) in Anchicayá Valley (at 1050 m), in... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Uncommon and local both in SW Colombia and in W Ecuador. May occur in a few protected areas, e.g. Farallones de Cali National Park and El Pangan... read more

Recommended citation

Hilty, S. (2019). Orange-crowned Euphonia (Euphonia saturata). 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 June 2019).