Black-faced Grosbeak Caryothraustes poliogaster

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Cardinalidae
  • Polytypic: 2 subspecies
  • Authors: Eric R. Gulson

Black-faced Grosbeak is a common resident of the lowlands of the Caribbean slope of Central America, from southern Mexico south to western Panama; it is replaced in eastern Panama and in northern and eastern South America by a related species, Yellow-green Grosbeak (Caryothraustes canadensis). Black-faced Grosbeaks forage in the canopy of evergreen forest, where they travel in noisy flocks of up to 50 individuals; these flocks may associate with other birds in mixed species flocks, but Black-faced Grosbeaks also often travel apart from other species. Their diet is varied, including insects, fruits and seeds, and nectar. Their nest is a shallow bowl, which may be attended by up to three or four adult Black-faced Grosbeaks.


© David L. Ross, Jr.

  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding

Recommended Citation

Gulson, E. R. (2015). Black-faced Grosbeak (Caryothraustes poliogaster), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.