Blue-black Grosbeak (Cyanocompsa cyanoides)

Blue-black Grosbeak

[order] PASSERIFORMES | [family] Cardinalidae | [latin] Cyanocompsa cyanoides | [UK] Blue-black Grosbeak | [FR] Gros-bec bleu-noir | [DE] Stahlbischof | [ES] Realejo Negro | [NL] Blauwrugbisschop


Genus Species subspecies Breeding Range Breeding Range 2 Non Breeding Range
Cyanocompsa cyanoides LA se Mexico to Ecuador and w Amazonia
Cyanocompsa cyanoides caerulescens
Cyanocompsa cyanoides concreta
Cyanocompsa cyanoides cyanoides
Cyanocompsa cyanoides rothschildii

Physical charateristics

Bright blue in the male, the forehead, superciliary and malar regions, and lesser wing-coverts still brighter blue. Female pale brown. Bill and legs black.

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Latin America : Southeast Mexico to Ecuador and West Amazonia


Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and heavily degraded former forest. this bird is common in both the interior and on the edges of rain forests and flooded forests, and in mature capoeiras.


It builds a fragile, cup-shaped nest of twigs and lays two eggs at a time.

Feeding habits

It generally lives in pairs and is heard more often than seen. Mainly feeds on berries and fruiit


This species has an extremely large range, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion (Extent of Occurrence <20,000 km2 combined with a declining or fluctuating range size, habitat extent/quality, or population size and a small number of locations or severe fragmentation). The population trend is not known, but the population is not believed to be decreasing sufficiently rapidly to approach the thresholds under the population trend criterion (>30% decline over ten years or three generations). The population size is very large, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population size criterion (<10,000 mature individuals with a continuing decline estimated to be >10% in ten years or three generations, or with a specified population structure). For these reasons the species is evaluated as Least Concern.
Blue-black Grosbeak status Least Concern


Sedentary throughout range

Distribution map

Blue-black Grosbeak distribution range map

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