Bronze-green Euphonia (Euphonia mesochrysa)

Order: Passeriformes Family: Fringillidae | IUCN Status: Least Concern

Age: Adult | Sex: Male | Loc. Napo, Ecuador

Age: Adult | Sex: Female | Loc. Napo, Ecuador

Age: Adult | Sex: Male | Loc. San Francisco, Colombia

Age: Adult | Sex: Female | Loc.San Marin, Peru

Identification & Behavior: ~11 cm (4.3 in). The male Bronze-Green Euphonia has greenish upperparts with a distinctive yellow forehead. The throat and breast are greenish with a golden rest of the underparts. The female uniform olive-green lacks the yellow forehead and has gray in the center of the belly. The tail and wings are dark. The bill is stubby. Both sexes have a gray nape area. It is similar to the Golden-bellied Euphonia but is distinguished by ranging at higher elevations, a yellow forehead in the male, and a lack of a white loral area.

Status: The Bronze-Green Euphonia is uncommon to rare in montane forests of the east slope of the Andes at elevations ranging between 1000-2200 m. It also occurs in Co, Ec, and Bo.

Name in Spanish: Eufonia Bronce y Verde.

Sub-species: Bronze-green Euphonia (Euphonia mesochrysa media), (J. T. Zimmer), 1943.  N & C Peru on E slope of Andes (Amazonas and Cajamarca) S to Cuzco (R Chanchamayo).
(Euphonia mesochrysa tavarae), Chapman, 1925. SE Peru (S from R Tavara) S on E slope of Andes to Bolivia (to Cochabamba and extreme W Santa Cruz).

Meaning of Name: Euphonia: Gr. eu= good and phōnē=  voice. Euphōnia= goodness of voice, excellence of tone.

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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.