Red-crested Finch (Coryphospingus cucullatus)

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

Age: Adult | Sex: Male | Loc. Southern Brazil

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

Age: Adult | Sex: Males | Loc. S Brazil|Cuzco, Peru

Age: Adult | Sex: Female | Loc. Cuzco, Peru

Identification & Behavior: ~13.5 cm (5.2 in). The male Red-crested Finch has red-brown upperparts and bright crimson crest bordered by black. The underparts are red. The female is brown above and reddish below. It forages in dry scrub, and fallow fields. The female bears some resemblance with an immature male Crimson-breasted Finch.

Status: The Red-crested Finch is fairly common but known to occur in Peru only in part of the Marañon Drainage and dry portions of the Urubamba Valley in Cuzco. It also occurs in Br and Bo.

Name in Spanish: Pinzón de Cresta Roja.

Sub-species: Red-crested Finch (Coryphospingus cucullatus fargoi), Brodkorb, 1938.

Meaning of Name: Coryphospingus: Gr. koruphe= crown of the head and spingos= finch. cucullatus: L. cucullus= hood, cucullatus= hooded, cowled.

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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.