Olive-backed Euphonia Euphonia gouldi

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Fringillidae
  • Polytypic: 2 subspecies
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  • © Raúl Vega

Both sexes of the Olive-backed Euphonia are rather distinctively plumaged, being largely deep green with rufous over the posterior underparts, with males having a small yellow forecrown, replaced by rufous in females. This euphonia is confined to the Caribbean slope of Middle America, from southeast Mexico south to western Panama, and is chiefly found in the interior of forested areas below 600 m, although it is occasionally recorded to 1200 m in parts of the range. The Olive-backed Euphonia forages principally at middle to upper levels in the forest, but will occasionally visit edges or even the understory, and is, like most euphonias, mostly found in pairs or small groups.

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© Curtis Marantz

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

Recommended Citation

Olive-backed Euphonia (Euphonia gouldi), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/olbeup1