Capuchinbird Perissocephalus tricolor

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Cotingidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: Jack Hruska and Guy M. Kirwan


  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding
Distribution of the Capuchinbird
eBird range map for Capuchinbird

Generated from eBird observations (Year-Round, 1900-present)

Distribution in the Americas

Capuchinbird is resident in northeastern South America. The distribution extends from extreme eastern Colombia across southern Venezuela to Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, and northeastern Brazil, east to Amapá and south to the Amazon. Its occurrence in Colombia was predicted by Hilty and Brown (1986), where to date it is known only from a single sight record from Guainía (Newman 2008).

Capuchinbird is restricted to the lowlands, although it ascends to 1400 m in southern Venezuela (Hilty 2003).

Distribution outside the Americas

Endemic to South America.


Capuchinbird occupies the canopy of tropical lowland evergreen forest. Tropical to Lower Subtropical zones, to 1,400m in Venezuela. Humid lowland forests and forested slopes of tepuis. (Restall 2006)

Historical changes

No historical changes have been noted for this species.

Fossil history

No fossils for this species have been documented.

Recommended Citation

Hruska, J. and G. M. Kirwan (2012). Capuchinbird (Perissocephalus tricolor), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.