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Red-crested Finch - BirdForum Opus

Male, subspecies fargoi
Photo © by Stanley Jones
El 44 Reserva Natural de Tiempo Libre, Capilla del Monte, Córdoba Province, Argentina, October 2019

Alternative name: Red Pileated Finch

Coryphospingus cucullatus

Lanio cucullatus


13·5 cm (5 in)

  • Red crown bordered with black
  • Dark upperparts
  • Mostly red underparts


Photo © by Lcverissimo
Londrina, Paraná, Brazil, October 2012

South America: found in The Guianas, Suriname, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay and Argentina.



There are 3 subspecies[1]:

  • C. c. cucullatus:
  • C. c. rubescens:
  • C. c. fargoi:
  • base of the east slope of the Andes in southern Colombia (Putumayo) and eastern Ecuador south to the Marañón Valley of extreme southeastern Ecuador (southern Zamora-Chinchipe) and northern Peru (Cajamarca and Amazonas); Urubamba Valley in south central Peru (Cuzco); and from northern Bolivia (La Paz) south to western Paraguay and northern Argentina (south to San Luis, La Pampa, and northern Buenos Aires)


Forests and dry shrubland.



They forage on the ground, but there is no information available about what constitutes their diet.


They construct a cup-shaped nest from small twigs and vine stems, with dry grass and spider web.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2021. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2021. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Jaramillo, A. (2020). Red-crested Finch (Coryphospingus cucullatus). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/62096 on 16 March 2020)

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