Blue-naped Chlorophonia (Chlorophonia cyanea)

Order: Passeriformes Family: Fringillidae IUCN Status: Least Concern

Age: Adult | Sex: Male | Loc. Manu Road Cuzco

Age: Adult | Sex: Female | Loc. Manu Road Cuzco

Age: Adult | Sex: Male | Loc. Aguas Calientes, Cuzco

Age: Adult | Sex: Male & Female | Loc. Eastern Andes, Colombia

Identification & Behavior: ~11 cm (4.3 in). The male Blue-naped Chlorophonia has a green hood and wings with blue on the back of the neck that extends toward the mantle and rump. The underparts are yellow. The female is a dull version of the male with the blue restricted to only the back of the neck. Both sexes have a distinctive blue eyering. It is similar to the Chestnut-breasted Chlorophonia but is distinguished by having yellow underparts, blue eye ring, and lacking a blue crown.

Status: The Blue-naped Chlorophonia is uncommon in montane forests of the east slope of the Andes at elevations ranging between 900-2200 m. It also occurs in Co, Ec, Br, and Bo.

Name in Spanish: Clorofonia de Nuca Azul.

Sub-species: Blue-naped Chlorophonia (Chlorophonia cyanea longipennis), Du Bus de Gisignies, 1855.

Meaning of Name: Chlorophonia: Gr. Khlōros= green and; Euphonia= genus Euphonia, Desmarest, 1806. cyanea: Gr. Kuaneos= dark-blue, glossy.

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Distribution Map


    • Species range based on: Schulenberg, T. S., D. F. Stotz, and L. Rico. 2006. Distribution maps of the birds of Peru, version 1.0. Environment, Culture & Conservation (ECCo). The Field Museum. on 03/01/2016.