Family Finches (Fringillidae)

Least Concern

Yellow-collared Chlorophonia (Chlorophonia flavirostris)


French: Organiste à col jaune German: Halsbandorganist Spanish: Clorofonia acollarada

Chlorophonia flavirostris

P. L. Sclater

, 1861,

locality unknown, possibly west Ecuador


Two races proposed, minima (described from La Guayacana, in Nariño) and boehmi (based on aviary bird, origin uncertain), but species’ nomadic behaviour suggests that recognition of geographical races is problematic. Monotypic.


Extreme E Panama on Cerro Pirre, and W slope of W Andes of Colombia from Chocó–Risaralda–Antioquia border S to W Ecuador (S to Pichincha).

Descriptive notes

10 cm; 11–12·4 g. Small, with short tail, chunky shape, stubby bill and colourful plumage. Male has glistening emerald-green head, throat and chest, prominent... read more


A rather quiet species, uttering soft “pek” notes when foraging. In flight, also... read more


Found mainly in canopy of humid to very wet (pluvial) lowland and pre-montane forest, along forest... read more

Food and feeding

Almost exclusively small berries and fruit; recorded as eating at least those of nine species, figs (Ficus) comprising 40% of all... read more


In Colombia, nest being built in Apr at Cerro Caramanta (c. 1550 m), on Risaralda–Antioquia border, dome-shaped, 8 m up in fork of small... read more


Wanders both horizontally and elevationally; at times disperses in pairs or small groups, at other... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Darién Highlands EBA and Chocó EBA. Uncommon to common locally or seasonally. This species was virtually unknown... read more

Recommended citation

Hilty, S. (2020). Yellow-collared Chlorophonia (Chlorophonia flavirostris). 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).