Plushcap (Catamblyrhynchus diadema)

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

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Amazonas, Peru

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. E Andes, Peru

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Manu Road, Peru

Age: Juvenile | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Manu Road, Peru

Identification & Behavior: ~14 cm (5.5 in). The Plushcap has bluish-gray back and tail. The underparts and most of the head is chestnut. It has a characteristic bright yellow forehead and black nape. The bill is short, black, and stubby. Both sexes are alike. The juvenile is brown above and dull chestnut below without a yellow forehead. It often forages with mixed species flocks in thick foliage. It is often associated with Chusquea bamboo. The plumage of an adult is unmistakable.

Status: The Plushcap is uncommon in montane forests of the east and west (Piura to Lambayeque) slopes of the Andes at elevations ranging between 2000-3450 m. It also occurs in Co, Ec, and Bo.

Name in Spanish: Gorro Afelpado.

Sub-species: Plushcap (Catamblyrhynchus diadema diadema), Lafresnaye, 1842.  Colombia (Santa Marta Mts, and Andes generally) S to S Ecuador and NE Peru.
(Catamblyrhynchus diadema citrinifrons), Berlepsch and Stolzmann, 1896.  Andes of Peru S on W slope to Lambayeque, and throughout E slope S to Bolivia (La Paz, Cochabamba and W Santa Cruz) and to NW Argentina (Jujuy).

Meaning of Name: Catamblyrhynchus: Gr. katambluoo= to blunt and rhunkhos= bill.diadema: L. diadema diadem= royal head-dress.

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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.