French: Évêque de Brisson German: Ultramarinkardinal Spanish: Picogrueso de Brisson
M. H. C. Lichtenstein
Subspecies and Distribution
C. b. caucae
(Chapman, 1912) – SW Colombia in valleys of upper R Patía, R Cauca and R Dagua.
C. b. minor
(Cabanis, 1861) – mountains of N Venezuela (from Falcón and Lara E to Sucre and Monagas).
C. b. argentina
(Sharpe, 1888) – E Bolivia (La Paz S to Tarija and Santa Cruz), S Brazil (W Mato Grosso), Chaco of Paraguay, and N Argentina (S to La Rioja, San Luis, Córdoba and N Buenos Aires).
C. b. brissonii
(M. H. C. Lichtenstein, 1823) – NE Brazil from Piauí and Ceará S to Bahia.
C. b. sterea
(Oberholser, 1901) – E & S Brazil (from SE Mato Grosso, Goiás, Minas Gerais and Espírito Santo S to Rio Grande do Sul), E Paraguay, NE Argentina (Misiones and Corrientes) and Uruguay.
15 cm; 27–28 g. Male nominate race has forehead, supercilium and cheek bright sky-blue, crown, nape and upperparts darker deep rich blue; shoulder patch bright medium-... read more
Song (in Venezuela) a rich series of rising and falling warbles, “we-se-weep wee so weep wee... read more
Thickets and other dense vegetation, also edges of chaco. In Venezuela and Colombia in... read more
Food and feeding
Few published data on diet, but has been recorded feeding on flowers of Zornia dipylla (Leguminosae) in NE Brazil. Usually found... read more
Little information published, all of it referring to race argentina. Nest with eggs in mid Dec. One nest was a cup of vegetable... read more
Sedentary over most or all of range.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Quite common in many parts of range. Popular as a cagebird.
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