The local subspecies Coryphospingus pileatus pileatus is distributed in eastern and central Brazil (Clements 2007). RPPN Mãe-da-lua.
Figure 1. The Gray-pileated Finch Coryphospingus pileatus can be found in various habitats. I have seen it in dense arboreal Caatinga, in semi-open situations, for example around my house, and in Cerrado in Piauí. This little bird is well known to the locals, and sometimes kept as a cage bird.
In Mãe-da-lua reserve, it is probably the most abundant finch.
See also our page about the songs and calls of the Gray-pileated Finch.
Figure 2. The male C. pileatus has a scarlet-red and black crown, which opens and closes in rapid succession when it is excited, like here. Hence the local name "abre-e-fecha", meaning: "open-and-close".To top of page
Figure 3. This photo shows the female Gray-pileated Finch. It does not have the red crown of the male, and is more brownish than gray. On the breast, it has more or less well marked longitudinal stripes (not well visible on photo). Like the male, it has a white eye-ring.To top of page