Family Finches (Fringillidae)

Least Concern

Yellow-crowned Euphonia (Euphonia luteicapilla)


French: Organiste à calotte jaune German: Gelbscheitelorganist Spanish: Eufonia coronigualda

Phonasca luteicapilla


, 1861,

Costa Rica


May form a monophyletic species group with E. affinis, E. chlorotica and E. trinitatis. Monotypic.


Caribbean lowlands from E Nicaragua S to NW Panama (Bocas del Toro, and around Canal Zone) and Pacific slope from NW Costa Rica (Guanacaste) S to E Panama (C Darién).

Descriptive notes

9 cm; 11·4–14·5 g. Small, short-tailed euphonia with short stubby bill. Male has forehead and mid-crown to well behind eye yellow, forming large contrasting yellow crown... read more


Call a series of 2–3 clear high whistled notes that may be given at varying speed, “bee-bee-bee”,... read more


In dry to humid regions, mainly in semi-open areas with scattered trees, pastures, cultivated areas... read more

Food and feeding

Mistletoe berries (Loranthaceae) and some other small fruits; probably some insects. Found singly, in pairs, and in groups of three or four... read more


Season mostly Feb–May (extreme dates Jan–Jul) in Costa Rica, and breeding reported in Mar in Panama; sometimes two broods in Costa Rica.... read more


Resident. Some seasonal elevational movement reported in Costa Rica.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Fairly common. Thrives in variety of drier semi-open areas, including areas partly opened up by human activities. Occurs also in numerous protected... read more

Recommended citation

Hilty, S. (2020). Yellow-crowned Euphonia (Euphonia luteicapilla). 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).