Rainforest Birds – Red-Crested Finch

Name of the bird:

Red red tweezers

Latin name:

Coryphospingus cucullatus


Least Worry

Scientific classification:

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Aves

Order: Passeriformes

Family: Thraupidae (formerly Emberizidae)

Genre: Coryphospingus

Species: C. cucullatus

General information:

Another common name is pinzagorra. They are part of a small genus of pincushion-like tanagers found in South America and were formerly classified in the Emberizidae family along with buntings and sparrows. This species has three subspecies.

Physical Description:

The average length of the red pincer is 13.5 cm. The male has a bushy red crest on the head with black stripes on the sides. The upper plumage is a dark red, fading to reddish red. The wings and tail are browner. The darker female has no crown stripes and the underparts and underparts are pink. Both show a narrow white eye ring.


Red-crested Paintbrushes are primarily frugivorous feeding on locally available fruit, but will add insects and other invertebrates to their diet. They forage on the ground, especially in grassy edges and tangles and within forests.


They have been found in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, French Guinea, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Surinam and Uruguay. It is common in dry intermontane valleys up to 1500 m. They prefer dry scrub, drier forests and agricultural areas. Although they are widespread in semi-open areas, they are rarely seen in populated areas. This species gathers in loose flocks during the breeding season.


The breeding season is from February to August. Shallow cup nests are built from plant material 3 to 12 m above the ground. There are two white or tawny brown eggs in each box. The female incubates the eggs and both parents participate in feeding the young.

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