The natural range of the White-vented Euphonia (Euphonia minuta) stretches from Mexico through Central America and down the Pacific coast of Colombia and Ecuador. Disjunct populations occur in most of the Amazon Basin and the Guianas. They are usually found in the canopy and edges of humid forest. These finches are quite common within their large range.
Male: Blue-black upperparts head, throat and upper chest; yellow forehead. The belly and crissum (= the area or feathers surrounding the vent of a bird).
Female: Olive above with an olive-yellow breast band and flanks. White or greyish white belly and crissum (= the area or feathers surrounding the vent of a bird). Pale grey throat.
They have relatively small bills compared to similar euphonia species.
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“.
Species Research by Sibylle Johnson
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