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Photo © by Thibaud Aronson
Namballe, Cajamarca, Peru, 25 December 2022

Alternative name: Rothschild's Grosbeak

Cyanoloxia rothschildii



  • Shiny dark blue overall plumage
  • Lighter blue rump
  • Brighter blue forehead and superciliary area
  • The bill is large enough to seem like an extension of the crown. It is dark in the male, bluish grey in the female.

Female: dark brown overall plumage

Similar species

Blue-black Grosbeak has a darker male but a brighter, more rufous female. These two species might occur near each other in eastern Colombia.


Eastern Colombia to southern and southeastern Venezuela, the Guianas, Amazonian Brazil, Peru, and Bolivia. Mostly in the Amazonian basin but reaches foothils of eastern Andes.


This is a monotypic species[1].

Formerly included in Blue-black Grosbeak


Dense understory in forests, edges and secondgrowth. Mostly in lowlands but reach 1000 m asl in Venezuela and 1400 m asl in Peru.


Tends to remain hidden in dense vegetation. When encountered, there will often be a pair.


Call is a somewhat sharp, harsh "tchit" or "chink".


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Fitzgibbon, D. and N. L. Block (2020). Amazonian Grosbeak (Cyanoloxia rothschildii), version 1.0. In Birds of the World (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.bubgro2.01

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