Family Finches (Fringillidae)

Least Concern

Velvet-fronted Euphonia (Euphonia concinna)


French: Organiste du Magdalena German: Samtstirnorganist Spanish: Eufonia del Magdalena

Euphonia concinna

P. L. Sclater

, 1855,





WC Colombia, in upper Magdalena Valley from N Tolima (Honda) and adjacent Cundinamarca S to SW Huila (La Plata); recent record from middle Cauca Valley.

Descriptive notes

9 cm; 9–12 g. Small euphonia with small, stubby bill. Male has small yellow forecrown patch extending rearwards just to eye, bordered in front by narrow band of black over... read more


Frequently heard call, by either sex, a clear high “dee-dee” or “tee dee-dee”, much like that of... read more


Found in dry open and semi-open woodland, ranchland with scattered trees, fence rows with trees,... read more

Food and feeding

Small fruits and berries, especially mistletoe berries (Loranthaceae); probably some insects, too. Occurs in pairs or small family parties... read more


Three birds in breeding condition in Jan–Apr in upper Magdalena Valley. No other information.


Resident. Limited observations suggest that pairs or families are sedentary, and not so apt to... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Colombian Inter-Andean Valleys EBA. Fairly common very locally. Recent record from middle Cauca Valley needs... read more

Recommended citation

Hilty, S. (2020). Velvet-fronted Euphonia (Euphonia concinna). 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 18 February 2020).