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Yellow-throated Euphonia - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Reini
Fortuna, Costa Rica, February 2005
Euphonia hirundinacea


10 cm (4 in). As with all Euphonias, they have short tails and stocky bodies

  • Yellow underparts including the throat
  • Blue upperparts
  • Yellow forehead (just reaches the crown in front of the eye)

Female: plumage is dull green with pale belly and dark legs.


Central America: found from north-eastern Mexico to western Panama.



Two subspecies are recognized[1]:

  • E. h. hirundinacea:
  • E. h. gnatho:


In dry areas prefers gallery forest and moist evergreen woodland; in wetter areas inhabits forest edge, semi-open, plantations. Cloud forests.



The clutch consists of 5 eggs which are incubated by the female, though both parents feed the young.


Their diet consists mostly of fruit and berries (mostly mistletoe and figs). They probably also eat some insects.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. AvianWeb
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved June 2017)

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