Family Finches (Fringillidae)

Least Concern

Trinidad Euphonia (Euphonia trinitatis)


French: Organiste de Trinidad German: Trinidadorganist Spanish: Eufonia de Trinidad

Euphonia trinitatis


, 1851,



May form a monophyletic species group with E. affinis, E. luteicapilla and E. chlorotica; has formerly been regarded as conspecific with last-mentioned, but differs in habitat and female plumage. Monotypic.


N Colombia (from Atlántico S to E Antioquia and middle Magdalena Valley) and E across most of Venezuela N of R Orinoco and, S of it, locally in NC Bolívar; also Trinidad.

Descriptive notes

10 cm; 8·8–14 g. Small euphonia with short stubby bill. Male is glossy dark steel-blue above, with bright yellow crown extending from bill to well behind eye; bib glossy blue... read more


Vocal, but can be difficult to locate. Often heard call a clear, whistled “teee, deee” on even... read more


Dry to moist forest, gallery forest, light woodland, forest borders, scrubby or wasteland areas,... read more

Food and feeding

Small fruits and berries, especially mistletoe berries (Loranthaceae), also insects. Occurs in pairs and in small groups of 3–6 individuals... read more


Breeding reported in Apr in Colombia and Venezuela and Feb–Apr in Trinidad. Nest built by both sexes, a globular covered structure with... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Fairly common to common virtually throughout its range. Occurs in a number of reserves and protected areas, including Guatopo, Henri Pittier, San... read more

Recommended citation

Hilty, S. (2020). Trinidad Euphonia (Euphonia trinitatis). 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).