Purple-throated Euphonia (Euphonia chlorotica)

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

Age: Adult | Sex: Male | Loc. Iquitos, Loreto

Age: Adult | Sex: Female | Loc. Central Brazil

Age: Adult | Sex: Male | Female | Loc. Central Brazil | Iquitos, Loreto

Age: Immature & Adult | Sex: Males | Loc. Central Brazil

Identification & Behavior: ~10.5 cm (4.1 in). The male Purple-throated Euphonia is glossy blue above and orange-yellow below. The throat is also glossy blue. It has a relatively reduced yellow cap. The win in the male is dusky with a broad middle band. The tail feathers have extensive white webbing.  The female is yellow-olive with a yellowish cap and gray center of breast and belly. The Purple-throated Euphonia is very similar to the Orange-bellied Euphonia but is distinguished by a smaller yellow cap, a distinct vocalization, and by being largely restricted to riparian habitats in Amazonia where these two species overlap.

Status: The Purple-throated Euphonia is common in the Marañon Drainage and local in Amazonia where it appears restricted to scrub, semi-open, and riverine habitats. It also occurs in Co, Ec, Br, and Bo.

Name in Spanish: Eufonia de Garganta Purpúra.

Sub-species: Purple-throated Euphonia (Euphonia chlorotica amazonica) Parkes, 1969. Both banks of R Amazon E from SE Colombia and extreme NE Peru to NC Brazil (R Tapajós, at Santarem).
(Euphonia chlorotica taczanowskii), P. L. Sclater, 1886. Lowlands in N Peru (vicinity of R Marañón, both E & W of river) and extreme SE Peru and N Bolivia.

Meaning of Name: Euphonia: Gr. eu= good and phōnē= voice. Euphōnia= goodness of voice, excellence of tone. chlorotica: Gr. Khlōrotēs, khlōritis= greenness, emerald.

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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.  http://fm2.fieldmuseum.org/uw_test/birdsofperu on 03/01/2016.