Hooded grosbeak

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Hooded grosbeak
Coccothraustes abeillei.jpg
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Fringillidae
Subfamily: Carduelinae
Genus: Coccothraustes
Species: C. abeillei
Binomial name
Coccothraustes abeillei
(Lesson, 1839)
  • Hesperiphona abeillei (Lesson, 1839)
  • Guiraca abeillei Lesson, 1839

The hooded grosbeak (Coccothraustes abeillei) is a passerine bird in the finch family found in the highlands of Central America, principally in Mexico.[2]

This is a medium large grosbeak with a large bill. The male has a black head and bright yellow upper parts. The female is less brightly coloured and has a smaller black cap.[3]

The species was briefly described by the French naturalist René Lesson in 1839 under the binomial name Guiraca abaillei.[4] The International Ornithologists' Union now assigns the hooded grosbeak together with the closely related evening grosbeak to the genus Hesperiphona.[5] This genus was introduced by the French ornithologist Charles Lucien Bonaparte in 1850.[6] Some authorities place these two grosbeak species together with the hawfinch in the genus Coccothraustes.[7]


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Coccothraustes abeillei". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  2. ^ Howell, Steve; Webb, Sophie (1995). A Guide to the Birds of Mexico and Northern Central America. Oxford University Press. p. 762. ISBN 0-19-854012-4. 
  3. ^ Clement, P. (2014). "Hooded Grosbeak (Hesperiphona abeillei)". In del Hoyo, J; Elliott, A.; Sargatal, J.; Christie, D.A.; de Juana, E. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions. Retrieved 24 June 2015. (subscription required)
  4. ^ Lesson, René P. (1840). "Oiseaux rares ou nouveau de la collection du Docteur Abeillé à Bordeaux". Revue Zoologique par La Société Cuvierienne (in Latin and French). 2: 41. 
  5. ^ Gill, Frank; Donsker, David (eds.). "Finches, euphonias". World Bird List Version 5.2. International Ornithologists' Union. Retrieved 5 June 2015. 
  6. ^ Bonaparte, Charles Lucien. "Sur plusieurs genres nouveaux de Passereaux". Comptes rendus hebdomadaires des séances de l'Académie des sciences (in French). 31: 424. 
  7. ^ Clements, J.F.; Schulenberg, T.S.; Iliff, M.J.; Roberson, D.; Fredericks, T.A.; Sullivan, B.L.; Wood, C.L. (2014). "eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.9". The Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Retrieved 23 June 2015. 

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