Euphonias and chlorophonias are neotropical birds in the finch family.  They were previously placed in the tanager family.  DNA research has moved them to the finches but future research may change things again.

They are typically small, colorful birds about 4 inches long. They primarily feed on fruit and berries and will also take small insects. They have short tails and a chunky body.

Both groups are endemic to the Neotropics.

Chlorophonias are mostly green birds. There are only five recognized chlorophonia species.     The unusual bright green color make them one of my favorite, albeit very small, family of birds.

Yellow-collared chlorophonia
Blue-naped Chlorophonia
Chestnut-breasted Chlorophonia
Blue-crowned Chlorophonia
Golden-browed Chlorophonia

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Blue-naped Chlorophonia

 

Golden-browed Chlorophonia

Golden-browed Chlorophonia

Male euphonias are often colorful, with dark metallic blue above, contrasting with yellows, and reds below.  Males and females are very different in appearance.  Females much duller.  There are 27 recognized species according to the 44th supplement of the AOU checklist.

Violaceous Euphonia

Violaceous Euphonia

 

Orange-bellied Euphonia

Orange-bellied Euphonia

 

Orange-bellied Euphonia female

Orange-bellied Euphonia, female

 

Chestnut-bellied Euphonia

Chestnut-bellied Euphonia

All photographs are by the outstanding nature and bird photographer Glenn Bartley.

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