Family Finches (Fringillidae)

Least Concern

Rufous-bellied Euphonia (Euphonia rufiventris)


French: Organiste à ventre roux German: Rotbauchorganist Spanish: Eufonia ventrirrufa

Tanagra rufiventris


, 1819,

locality unknown = Iquitos, Peru


Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • E. r. carnegiei Dickerman, 1988 – S Venezuela S to headwaters of rivers Orinoco, Ventuari, Cauca, Paragua and Cuyuní.
  • E. r. rufiventris (Vieillot, 1819) – E Colombia S to E Ecuador, E Peru and N Bolivia (R Surutú, in Santa Cruz), and Amazonian Brazil (E to R Negro, vicinity of R Xingu and EC Pará, S to C Mato Grosso).
  • Descriptive notes

    10 cm; 13–18 g. Smallish euphonia with short, stout bill, male distinctive in having no yellow forehead patch and no white in tail. Male nominate race has head to throat and... read more


    Commonest call a rough, low-pitched rattle, “j’a’a’a’a, j’a’a’a’a, j’a’a’a’a”, the series varying... read more


    Canopy of humid and wet terra firme and várzea forest, and regularly found along... read more

    Food and feeding

    Variety of small fruits and berries, including mistletoe berries (Loranthaceae). Contents of four stomachs were vegetable matter, including... read more


    No information.



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Fairly common to common, and widespread across W & C Amazonia. Occurs in numerous protected areas, and its range encompasses extensive intact... read more

    Recommended citation

    Hilty, S. (2020). Rufous-bellied Euphonia (Euphonia rufiventris). 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 27 February 2020).