Yellow hooded Blackbird (Chrysomus icterocephalus)

Yellow-hooded Blackbird

[order] Passeriformes | [family] Icteridae | [latin] Chrysomus icterocephalus | [UK] Yellow-hooded Blackbird | [FR] Carouge a capuchon | [DE] Gelbkopfstarling | [ES] Turpial de Agua | [IT] Ittero dal cappuccio giallo | [NL] Geelkaptroepiaal


Genus Species subspecies Breeding Range Breeding Range 2 Non Breeding Range
Xanthopsar icterocephalus
Chrysomus icterocephalus SA n, c
Chrysomus icterocephalus bogotensis
Chrysomus icterocephalus icterocephalus

Physical charateristics

Males are black with a yellow hood and black around the bill. Females are grayish olive above, and have a brownish belly, flecked with black, and a dusky yellow hood, with the yellow on the throat and the stripe over the eye brighter.

Listen to the sound of Yellow-hooded Blackbird

[audio: Blackbird.mp3]

Copyright remark: Most sounds derived from xeno-canto

wingspan min.: 0 cm wingspan max.: 0 cm
size min.: 17 cm size max.: 18 cm
incubation min.: 10 days incubation max.: 11 days
fledging min.: 10 days fledging max.: 11 days
broods: 1   eggs min.: 2  
      eggs max.: 3  


It is found in Aruba, Barbados, Brazil, Colombia, French Guiana, Guyana, Netherlands Antilles, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, and Venezuela.Resident of northern South America and along the Amazon River, from northern Colombia to central Brazil, east to northeastern Peru.


Freshwater marshes and tall, wet grasslands. Although characteristically a bird of the lowlands, they are found to about 2,600 m in the Andes of Colombia.


Territorial during the breeding season. Males display to other males using a “song-spread” display, much like that of the North American red-winged blackbird. Males approach females with a distinctive fluttering flight; receptive females follow males to nests constructed by the males. Successful males mate with up to five different females in a single season. Males build a nest in emergent aquatic vegetation; the female adds the lining to the nest after the pair is formed. Mated males stay with their mate until incubation begins, then they build another nest and seek an additional mate. Generally 2?3 eggs are laid in May?October in Trinidad and October?November in Venezuela. Incubation 10?11 days; young fledge at about 11 days.

Feeding habits

During all seasons they are commonly seen in small loose flocks; large numbers may congregate in roosts. During the breeding season, males form colonies in marshes and start building nests. Yellow-hooded blackbirds feed in marshes or in pastures, where they eat seeds and capture invertebrates


This species has a large range, with an estimated global Extent of Occurrence of 1,600,000 km

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