Hooded Berryeater, Samuel Betkowski

BIRD OF THE WEEK: 12/26/2014 SCIENTIFIC NAME: Carpornis cucullata
TREND: Probably decreasing
HABITAT: Humid montane and lowland forest in eastern Brazil

Hooded Berryeater map, NatureServeLike many Atlantic Forest endemics, this species' population is suspected to be in decline because of ongoing habitat destruction. Hooded Berryeater can be found at Brazil's Mata do Passarinho reserve (also known as Stresemann's Bristlefront Reserve), established by ABC and Fundação Biodiversitas.  Other birds that find refuge here are the Stresemann's Bristlefront, Pin-tailed Manakin, and Gilt-edged Tanager.

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Hooded Berryeater, Bertrando Campos

Hooded Berryeater by Bertrando Campos

Males and females appear similar, but the male's colors are brighter. Despite its bright yellow coloration, this species is more often heard than seen; its abrupt call gives rise to its onomatopoeic local name, “coró-cochó.”

True to its name, the Hooded Berryeater eats mostly fruit, although it will also take large insects.  It is a solitary species but can often be seen associating with mixed-species flocks.

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