The diet of the Golden-browed Chlorophonia largely consists of fruits (Slud 1964). This bird feeds from trees. A study in Monteverde, Costa Rica reported Golden-browed Chlorophonias eating fruit from fourteen species of plants, including strangler figs (Ficus), melastomes (Conostegia) and mistletoes (Gaiadendron) (Wheelwright 1984). It may glean and hover to scan under branches and leaves to get at clusters of fruit (Slud 1964). This bird eats the fruit by squeezing the fruit so that the inner fruit sprays into its mouth and then drops the outer skin (Slud 1964). The bird defecates in the manner of other euphonias by standing stiffly and contorting its body awkwardly to release its waste (Slud 1964) .