French: Organiste à bec épais German: Dickschnabelorganist Spanish: Eufonia piquigruesa
d’Orbigny and Lafresnaye
Subspecies and Distribution
E. l. crassirostris
P. L. Sclater, 1857 – Pacific slope of Costa Rica (from Guanacaste) S to Panama (both slopes from Coclé E through Darién) and N Colombia (S on Pacific coast to C Chocó, throughout Cauca Valley and Magdalena Valley; also in Arauca and Boyacá), and across N & W Venezuela (E to W Sucre, and S in llanos almost to R Orinoco).
E. l. melanura
P. L. Sclater, 1851 – Black-tailed Euphonia – E Colombia (from Meta and Vichada) S through E Ecuador and E Peru (S to San Martín and N Ucayali), and C Brazil (Acre and generally E across Amazon Basin S of R Amazon to W Pará).
E. l. hypoxantha
Berlepsch & Taczanowski, 1884 – Pacific coast of Ecuador S to NW Peru (S Cajamarca).
E. l. zopholega
(Oberholser, 1918) – EC Peru (Junín and Cuzco).
E. l. laniirostris
d’Orbigny & Lafresnaye, 1837 – Thick-billed Euphonia – SE Peru and N & C Bolivia E to C Brazil (SE Amazonas and N & S Mato Grosso; locally SW Goiás).
10 cm; 13–16·5 g. Rather small euphonia with relatively thick bill deeper than that of most congeners. Male nominate race has yellow forehead to mid-crown (a... read more
A good mimic of other birds’ vocalizations, especially of alarm and contact calls. Song a long... read more
Occurs in a wide variety of partly open habitats, including woodlots, clearings with trees, forest... read more
Food and feeding
Small fruits and berries. Mistletoe (Loranthaceae) comprises a large proportion of diet, but also eats berries of melastomes, figs (... read more
Breeding reported in Mar–Sept in Panama, and season probably similar in Costa Rica; Dec and Jan and birds in breeding condition in... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Fairly common to common, and widespread, especially E of Andes. Occurs in numerous protected areas from Panama S to Bolivia, and thrives in variety... read more
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