Family Finches (Fringillidae)

Least Concern

Tawny-capped Euphonia (Euphonia anneae)


French: Organiste à couronne rousse German: Braunscheitelorganist Spanish: Eufonia coronirrufa

Euphonia Anneæ


, 1865,

Santa Rosa, Costa Rica


Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • E. a. anneae Cassin, 1865 – Caribbean foothills from Costa Rica E to W Panama (Chiriquí).
  • E. a. rufivertex Salvin, 1866 – both slopes in Panama (from Veraguas) E to extreme NW Colombia (area of Cerro Tacarcuna, in foothills W of Gulf of Urabá).
  • Descriptive notes

    11 cm; three birds from Panama 14·4–15·4 g (mean 14·9 g). Relatively small euphonia with thick bill. Male nominate race has most of crown rich rufous-chestnut, rest of head... read more


    Pair-members continually utter a thin, sharp “chip” when attending nest. Long, sustained song... read more


    Mainly dense humid and wet pre-montane and montane forest (cloudforest), forest borders, tall... read more

    Food and feeding

    Mainly small berries, including mistletoe (Loranthaceae), various species of melastome, figs (Ficus), Ericaceae, and especially... read more


    Season reported as Mar–Jun in Costa Rica; a laying female in Mar in Panama. Nest a globular structure with small side entrance much like... read more


    Mainly resident. Some seasonal movements to higher or lower elevations outside breeding season.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Central American Caribbean Slope EBA and Darién Lowlands EBA. Common in Costa Rica; apparently local and less... read more

    Recommended citation

    Hilty, S. (2020). Tawny-capped Euphonia (Euphonia anneae). 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 29 February 2020).