Notice for readers: On March 31, Neotropical Birds will be integrated into the new Birds of the World, a powerful research database offering species accounts for every species on earth. Learn more at While Birds of the World is a subscription service, we remain committed to offering this content to Neotropical Birds contributors and to those unable to pay for it through our scholarship program. Stay tuned.

Golden-sided Euphonia Euphonia cayennensis

  • © Anselmo d'Affonseca

This fairly common euphonia is found in the canopy and at borders of humid forest from southeast Venezuela south and east to central Amazonia and the coast of northeast Brazil, where it is principally confined to altitudes below 600 m. The male is entirely steel blue, except for the golden pectoral patch, whereas the female is olive above, with a grayish nape, and becoming slightly more yellowish over the throat, breast, and flanks, with olive-gray central underparts. Given both sexes similar morphology to the allopatric Chestnut-bellied Euphonia (Euphonia pectoralis), and the fact that the two species share many common behavioral and vocal aspects, it is probable that they form a superspecies.

Help complete this species

There are many ways to contribute—we need species information, photographs, audio, video, translations, maps, distribution data, and bird sightings. There's a role for everyone!

Learn more


© Paul A. Schwartz

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

Recommended Citation

Golden-sided Euphonia (Euphonia cayennensis), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: