Family Cardinals (Cardinalidae)

Least Concern

Rose-breasted Chat (Granatellus pelzelni)


French: Granatelle de Pelzeln German: Weißflanken-Sängerkardinal Spanish: Reinita pechirroja común

Granatellus pelzelni

P. L. Sclater

, 1865,

Destaramento de Ribeirão, Rio Madeira, Brazil


This species is basal to G. venustus and G. sallaei#R. Hitherto treated as conspecific with G. paraensis. Monotypic.


Extreme E Colombia, S & SE Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, C & E Amazonian Brazil and extreme N Bolivia.

Descriptive notes

12–12·5 cm; 10–12·5 g. Long tail frequently cocked and fanned. Male has black head, white supercilium behind eye; upperparts and upperwing blue-grey, tail black; throat white... read more


Song a series of 5–6 clear, sweet notes on one pitch, transcribed as “sweet, sweet,... read more


Tropical rainforest and forest edge, drier deciduous forest and well-developed second growth, often... read more

Food and feeding

Probably feeds mostly, if not entirely, on insects and other invertebrates. Forages mainly at middle to high levels, in canopy and in dense... read more


A male in breeding condition was collected in Jan and moulting juvenile recorded in early May. No other information.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Generally uncommon throughout much of range; locally fairly common in Venezuela. Only recently discovered (Jan 2012) in easternmost... read more

Recommended citation

Curson, J. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Rose-breasted Chat (Granatellus pelzelni). 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 20 August 2019).