Family Finches (Fringillidae)

Least Concern

Spot-crowned Euphonia (Euphonia imitans)


French: Organiste moucheté German: Stirnfleckenorganist Spanish: Eufonia coronipinta

Tanagra imitans


, 1936,

El Pozo, Río Térraba, Costa Rica




Pacific slope of Costa Rica (from at least Carara and San José) S to W Panama (Chiriquí).

Descriptive notes

10 cm; 14 g. Small euphonia with stubby bill. Male has bright yellow forehead patch extending back to rear edge of eye, yellow inconspicuously dotted with black (especially... read more


Calls include a rolling or rattled “tr’r’r’r’r” or “chu’r’r’r’r”, most often doubled or given in a... read more


Humid forest and adjacent forest borders, shady clearings and tall second growth. Lowlands and... read more

Food and feeding

Mainly small berries, also some larger fruits, nectar; also insects. Found mainly alone or in pairs, infrequently in groups of three or... read more


Breeding recorded in Mar–Jun in Costa Rica; two broods may be attempted. In Costa Rica, both male and female seen building nest, a rounded... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in South Central American Pacific Slope EBA. Uncommon to locally common in SW Costa Rica, numbers rapidly... read more

Recommended citation

Hilty, S. (2020). Spot-crowned Euphonia (Euphonia imitans). 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 25 February 2020).