Family Finches (Fringillidae)

Least Concern

Plumbeous Euphonia (Euphonia plumbea)


French: Organiste plombé German: Grauorganist Spanish: Eufonia plúmbea

Euphonia plumbea

du Bus de Gisignies

, 1855,

la Nouvelle-Grenade; error = Guyana




E Colombia (Serranía Chiribiquete E to Vichada and Guainía), N Brazil (upper R Negro), and Venezuela S of R Orinoco E to French Guiana; small isolated populations in NE Peru (San Martín; possibly also N Loreto) and N Brazil in Amazonas (W of lower R Negro) and S Amapá.

Descriptive notes

9 cm; 8·7–9·5 g. Small, plain euphonia lacking yellow forehead; bill short and stubby. Male has entire head down to throat and upper chest and entire upperparts glossy dark... read more


Often heard calls include a single clear whistled “wheet”, or doubled “dee-dee” and “dee, dee-dee... read more


Occupies open scrubby woodland, savanna-forest borders, bushes and scattered trees in savanna, and... read more

Food and feeding

Feeds mainly on small fruits and berries; unlike some congeners, seems not to show any particular affinity for mistletoe berries (... read more


Apparently no information available.


Resident. Believed to wander rather widely seasonally, hence can be erratic and unpredictable in... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Uncommon to fairly common; widely, if rather sparsely, distributed across white-sand regions of Roraiman and Guianan areas. Occurs in several large... read more

Recommended citation

Hilty, S. (2020). Plumbeous Euphonia (Euphonia plumbea). 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 23 January 2020).