Velvet-fronted Euphonia (Euphonia concinna)

The Velvet-fronted Euphonias (Euphonia concinna) are endemic to west central Colombia in South America, where they are found in the upper Magdalena Valley from northern Tolima (Honda) and adjacent Cundinamarca south to southwestern Huila (La Plata).

One record exists from middle Cauca Valley in western Colombia.

They inhabit subtropical or tropical dry forests and heavily degraded former forests.

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Finch Information

Velvet-fronted Euphonia

Velvet-fronted Euphonias (Euphonia concinna)

Alternate (Global) Names

Chinese: ???? … Czech: Libohlásek sametocelý, libohlásek sameto?elý …Danish: Fløjlspandet Euphonia … Finnish: Kolumbianmarjukka …French: Euphone écarlate, Organiste de la Magdalena, Organiste du Magdalena … German: Samtstirnorganist, Samtstirn-Organist …Italian: Eufonia fronte di velluto, Eufonia frontevelluto … Japanese: Kurobitaisumirefuukinchou … Dutch: Pluchekaporganist … Norwegian: Magdalenaeufonia … Polish: Oganka czarnoczelna … Russian: ????????????? ??????? … Slovak: Organista kolumbijský … Spanish: Eufonia del Magdalena, Eufonia Frentinegra, Fruterito Frente de Terciopelo … Swedish: Magdalenaeufonia

Diet / Feeding

Their diet consists of a variety of tree-borne fruits. In particular, they are known to feed on mistletoe berries. Their gut is specially adapted for mistletoe berries, which are poisonous.

These finches tend to move to places where mistletoe berries are the most abundant. They are most commonly seen in small groups foraging in their favored feeding areas.


Euphonias are known for their almost constant singing. Their best known calls sound like “Pe-we,” “see-see,” and “beem-beem“.

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