Ultramarine grosbeak

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Ultramarine grosbeak
Cyanocompsa brissonii -Vale do Ribeira, Registro, Sao Paulo, Brasil -male-8.jpg
Male in Registro, São Paulo, Brazil
Cyanocompsa brissonii female.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Cardinalidae
Genus: Cyanocompsa
Species: C. brissonii
Binomial name
Cyanocompsa brissonii
(Lichtenstein, 1823)

Passerina brissonii (Lichtenstein, 1823)

The ultramarine grosbeak (Cyanocompsa brissonii) is a species of grosbeak in the Cardinalidae family. It is found in a wide range of semi-open habitats in eastern and central South America, with a disjunct population in northern South America.


These birds are 15 cm long. The adult male exhibits a dark-blue plumage with bright-blue upper-wings. The females and the juveniles are brown.

The ultramarine grosbeak is territorial, it doesn´t fly in flocks. If a male invades the territory of another, for sure there will be a conflict with some violence.

Distribution and habitat[edit]

They inhabit the edge of swamps, secondary forests and plantations. The native range of these birds extends from Northeast and central Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay to Argentina. The also can be found northern Venezuela and Colombia. There are some morphological differences between subspecies from different regions.


Feeds on seeds, fruits and insects.


It takes place between September and February, builds its nest not far from the ground and each clutch usually has between 2 and 3 eggs. The chicks are born between 13 and 15 days after the eggs are laid.


  • BirdLife International 2012. "Cyanocompsa brissonii". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.1. International Union for Conservation of Nature.
  • Hilty, S. 2003. Birds of Venezuela. Christopher Helm. Londres.