Golden-browed chlorophonia

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Golden-browed chlorophonia
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Fringillidae
Genus: Chlorophonia
Species: C. callophrys
Binomial name
Chlorophonia callophrys
(Cabanis, 1861)

The golden-browed chlorophonia (Chlorophonia callophrys) is a species of bird in the Fringillidae family. It is found in Costa Rica and Panama. It is uncommon in subtropical or tropical moist montane forests above 750 m (2,460 ft) elevation.


A brightly coloured bird, the golden-browed chlorophonia is distinctive within its range. The male is bright green above and yellow below, with a wide golden-yellow eyebrow stripe and a violet-blue cap. It has a narrow blue eye ring and a thin blue line extending from its nape to its breast. The female is similar, but without the golden brown and yellow breast; these are both replaced with green. They average 13 cm (5.1 in) in length.[2]

It has a soft whistling call: wheeeeuuu.[3]


In Costa Rica, its local common name is the Rualdo. There is a legend of how this bird used to have a wonderful singing voice, but offered that to the volcano Poás to prevent a young woman of having to be sacrificed, thus keeping the volcano from eruption.[4][5]



  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Chlorophonia callophrys". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  2. ^ Garrigues, Richard; Dean, Robert (2007). The Birds of Costa Rica. Ithaca: Zona Tropical/Comstock/Cornell University Press. p. 324. ISBN 978-0-8014-7373-9. 
  3. ^ Angehr, George R.; Dean, Robert (2010). The Birds of Panama. Ithaca: Zona Tropical/Comstock/Cornell University Press. p. 388. ISBN 978-0-8014-7674-7. 
  4. ^ "Legends of Costa Rica: The song of the Rualdo bird". Retrieved 13 July 2014. 
  5. ^ Patty Kyrlach (25 August 2012). "The Legend of Poas Volcano". Stark Raving Mythopath blog. Retrieved 13 July 2014. 

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