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Violaceous Euphonia

Euphonia violacea


Smallish bird at 11.5cm (4.5"). Male is a dark violet/purple with bright yellow underparts, throat and small yellow crown. The bill is short and thick. Differs from very similar Thick-billed Euphonia by having a less yellow on the crown and slightly finer bill. Females are a drab olive for the most part.


This male found at Iguassu National Park on the Argentine side of the falls. Found in forest close to the river.


Although once thought to be more associated to Tanagers, Euphonias are now believed to be more closely related to siskins. Ref: Wildlfe Conservation Society of Brazil.

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triggsturner 7 years ago

You are most welcome Sukanya. Thank you for you comment.

SukanyaDatta 7 years ago

Some of the spottings on PN make me seriously is one. Thanks a lot for sharing. What colours!

triggsturner 7 years ago

Thank you Polilla and Ines. These birds often lok black until the sun light gets the right angle.

InêsVeloso 7 years ago


triggsturner 7 years ago

Thank you Sergio. My Portuguese isn't great but are you saying in Brazil you call this bird a Green Tanager? It certainly is a beautiful bird.

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 7 years ago

No Brasil ele é chamado de Tangará-verdadeiro ou Bonito-lindo. Um dos mais belos pássaros de minha região.

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Mnes., Argentina

Spotted on Nov 7, 2015
Submitted on May 8, 2016

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