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Photo © by Luiz
Ypê Hotel, Itatiaia National Park, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, June 2007
Chlorophonia cyanea


Photo © by Pitter
Valle de Cauca, Colombia

11 cm (4¼ in)

  • Glistening yellowish-green head, throat and chest
  • Blue nape, back and upper tail
  • Yellow underparts


South America: found in Colombia, Venezuela Guyana, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina.


Subspecies C. c. psittacina
Photo © by NJ Larsen
The Y to entrance of El Dorado, Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia, 19 August 2023


There are 7 subspecies[1]:

  • C. c. psittacina:
  • Santa Marta Mountains (north-eastern Colombia)
  • C. c. intensa:
  • Western slope of Western Andes of Colombia (Caldas and Valle)
  • C. c. longipennis:
  • C. c. frontalis:
  • Mountains of northern Venezuela (Falcón and Lara to Miranda)
  • C. c. minuscula:
  • Coastal mountains of north-eastern Venezuela
  • C. c. roraimae:
  • Southern Venezuela to Guyana and extreme north-western Brazil
  • C. c. cyanea:
  • Paraguay to south-eastern Brazil (southern Bahia) and north-eastern Argentina (Misiones)


Atlantic forest and forest edges and gardens.



Their diet consists almost entirely of fruit and berries, with the addition of a few insects.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, S. M. Billerman, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2022. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2022. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase

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