Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Plushcap (Catamblyrhynchus diadema)


French: Tête-de-peluche couronné German: Plüschkopftangare Spanish: Tangara peluda

Catamblyrhynchus diadema


, 1842,



Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. d. diadema Lafresnaye, 1842 – W Venezuela (Sierra de Perijá, and Andes S from Trujillo) and Colombia (Santa Marta Mts, and Andes generally) S to S Ecuador.
  • C. d. federalis Phelps, Sr & Phelps, Jr, 1953 – coastal cordillera (Aragua, Vargas and Distrito Federal, probably also Miranda), in N Venezuela.
  • C. d. citrinifrons Berlepsch & Stolzmann, 1896 – Andes of Peru S on W slope to Lambayeque, and throughout E slope S to Bolivia (La Paz, Cochabamba and W Santa Cruz) and to NW Argentina (Jujuy).
  • Descriptive notes

    14 cm; 16 g, male average 14·9 g and female average 13·4 g (Bolivia). Distinctive species, adult with yellow forehead and chestnut underparts, with stubby bill... read more


    Not often heard. Gives soft, high “chip” notes when foraging. In Peru, song a jerky,... read more


    Wet montane forest, dense forest borders, second growth, and elfin forest at or near tree-line; in... read more

    Food and feeding

    Food apparently mostly small insects and other arthropods, perhaps some plant material, taken around the leafy bamboo internodes. Rather... read more


    Juvenile with adults in late Dec and immatures seen in early Feb in N Venezuela; fledglings reported in Oct in Colombia (Quindío), Jun in... read more


    None reported. Apparently resident.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Uncommon to locally fairly common. Home range or foraging range may be fairly large, corresponding to area used by mixed-species flock which it... read more

    Recommended citation

    Hilty, S. (2019). Plushcap (Catamblyrhynchus diadema). 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 May 2019).