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Gray-hooded Bush Tanager - BirdForum Opus

Alternative names: Gray-hooded Tanager; Red-bellied Bush-Tanager; Golden-bellied Bush-Tanager (chrysogaster)

Subspecies chrysogaster
Photo by Stanley Jones
Abra Patricia, Amazonas Department, Peru, November 2013
Cnemoscopus rubrirostris



  • Medium grey head, throat and chest forming a hood
  • Yellowish-olive upperparts, wings and tail
  • Clear yellow rest of underparts
  • Pinkish bill and legs, dusky in chrysogaster

Sexes similar, juvenile undescribed.


In the Andes of Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia.
Uncommon to fairly common in its range.



Two subspecies recognized[1]:

  • C. r. rubrirostris in the Andes of Venezuela (southern Tachira), Colombia and northwest and east Ecuador
  • C. r. chrysogaster in the Andes of northwest and east Peru and western Bolivia (has been considered a separate species)


Humid and wet montane forest.
Occurs mostly at 2100 to 3000m.



Feeds mostly on arthropods and some seeds.
Usually in pairs or small groups following mixed-species flocks. Forages usually rather high in the canopy.


Birds in breeding condition recorded from July to August. Not much information about breeding.


A resident species.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2013. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.8., with updates to August 2013. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Del Hoyo, J, A Elliott, and D Christie, eds. 2011. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 16: Tanagers to New World Blackbirds. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8496553781

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