Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Pileated Finch (Coryphospingus pileatus)


French: Araguira gris German: Silberhaubentangare Spanish: Soldadito capirotado
Other common names: Grey Pileated-finch

Fringilla pileata


, 1821,

Barra da Vareda, Rio Pardo, southern Bahia, Brazil


Sometimes considered conspecific with C. cucullatus; hybrids between the two reported in Brazil. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. p. brevicaudus Cory, 1916 – N Colombia (Santa Marta Mts) and N Venezuela from Zulia E, including Margarita I, to Sucre and S to N Bolívar.
  • C. p. rostratus A. H. Miller, 1947 – upper Magdalena Valley, in Colombia.
  • C. p. pileatus (Wied, 1821) – C & E Brazil from C Mato Grosso E to S Maranhão and Ceará, S to Goiás, E Minas Gerais and Rio de Janeiro.
  • Descriptive notes

    13·5 cm; 12–18 g (Venezuela). A compact finch with relatively short tail, short crest, and longish bill with curved culmen. Male nominate race has black crown... read more


    Somewhat repetitive song similar to those of some Poospiza, a series of spaced notes,... read more


    Low arid woodlands, usually open woodlands, and dry scrub; also shrubby borders of moister forest,... read more

    Food and feeding

    No details of diet. Forages on ground, usually in dry areas adjacent to shrubbery; may forage also within shrubs and low vegetation. Forms... read more


    Breeds during wet season, Apr/May–Oct/Nov, in N Venezuela, precise timing dependent on onset of rainy season (also, years of high rainfall... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Common or fairly common throughout most of range. Has rather large range, and what appears to be a stable population.

    Recommended citation

    Jaramillo, A. (2019). Pileated Finch (Coryphospingus pileatus). 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 13 December 2019).