Hooded Berryeater Carpornis cucullata


Justification of Red List Category
This species is classified as Near Threatened because it is suspected to be declining moderately rapidly owing to habitat loss.

Population justification
The global population size has not been quantified, but this species is described as 'uncommon' (Stotz et al. 1996).

Trend justification
A moderately rapid and on-going decline is suspected owing to habitat loss.

Distribution and population

Carpornis cucullata is restricted to south-east Brazil (Espírito Santo south to Rio Grande do Sul) (Sick 1993, Ridgely and Tudor 1994, Parker et al. 1996). It is apparently rather uncommon but may be overlooked due to its inconspicuous behaviour.


It is restricted to lowland and montane evergreen forests and palm groves at 400-1,600 m. In the north of its range (Espírito Santo and Rio de Janeiro), it is almost entirely restricted to montane forest.


Agricultural conversion and deforestation for mining and plantation production historically threatened its lowland forests (Fearnside 1996) and has destroyed the majority of suitable lowland habitat in the north of its range. Current key threats are urbanisation, industrialisation, agricultural expansion, colonisation and associated road-building (Dinerstein et al. 1995).

Conservation actions

Conservation Actions Underway
It occurs in several protected areas, including Serra dos Órgãos National Park, Augusto Ruschi Biological Reserve and Intervales and Serra do Mar State Parks (del Hoyo et al. 2004).

Conservation Actions Proposed
Effectively protect and manage protected areas where the species occurs. Monitor population at strongholds and search for the species in potentially suitable habitat at new sites. Study its ecology and its ability to persist in degraded and fragmented habitats. Use GIS habitat loss data to produce estimate of declines.


Text account compilers
Capper, D., O'Brien, A., Sharpe, C J, Symes, A.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Species factsheet: Carpornis cucullata. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 08/12/2021. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2021) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 08/12/2021.