Photo © by Luiz
Itatiaia Park Hotel, Rio de Janiero, Brazil
, May 2007
- Trichothraupis melanops
16 cm (6Â¼ in)
- Tawny underparts
- Dull brownish-olive back and head
- Black tail and wings
- White speculum
- Yellow crown patch (not always obvious)
- Large black patch around the eyes (giving the species its name)
Female - similar but lacks the black goggles and the yellow crest.
South America: found in eastern and southern Brazil, eastern Paraguay and north-eastern Argentina with a separate population in Peru, Bolivia and north-western Argentina.
Uncommon to fairly common. Andean population uncommon and local.
This is a monotypic species.
Low level rain forest, forest edges and woodland.
Occurs at 1000 - 1700m in the Andes (but much lower in Bolivia).
Usually in pairs or small groups, often in mixed-species flocks. An active and restless species.
Feeds on beetles, fruit, seeds and pieces of snail shell.
Breeding recorded in October and November. The nest was a cup 1m up in bamboo and contained 3 young.
A resident species.
- Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
- 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
- Ber van Perlo. 2009. A field guide to the Birds of Brazil. Oxford University Press, New York, NY, USA. ISBN 978-0-19-530155-7
- Ridgely and Tudor 2009. Field guide to the songbirds of South America - the passerines. University of Texas Press, Austin, TX, USA. ISBN 978-0-292-71979-8
- BF Member observations
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