Photo © by Luiz
Mato Grosso, Brazil
, August, 2016
- Machaeropterus pyrocephalus
8-9cm (3-3Â˝ in)
Photo © by Stanley Jones
Villa Carmen Lodge, Pilicopata, Cusco Department, Peru
, September 2018
- Golden cap and nape with red median stripe (paler yellow and less prominent median stripe in pallidiceps)
- Rosy rufous to maroon rest of upperparts
- Most of wings olive
- Black spots on tertials and some whitish on inner secondaries
- Short olive tail with pointed feathers
- Whitish throat
- Streaked dull pink and whitish rest of underparts
- Dark red eye
- Olive head and upperparts
- Pale greyish throat
- Pale and dull olive with blurry streaking on underparts, tinged yellowish belly
Juveniles similiar to females.
South America: found in Venezuela, Peru, Bolivia and Brazil.
Very local occurence in its range but easily overlooked in forest understorey.
There are two subspecies:
- Southern Venezuela (north-western BolĂvar) and extreme northern Brazil (Roraima)
- Eastern Peru (San MartĂn) to northern Bolivia and western Amazonian Brazil
Lowland rainforest. Occurs up to 1200m, mostly lower.
Feeds on small fruits and insects. Snatches or plucks them in flight.
The male displays at a lek in hearing distance of other males. It hangs downwards from a horizontal perch and twists very rapidly from side to side, becoming a blur.
A nest in Venezuela was found in March. Lays 2 eggs.
Presumably 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 Elliot, and D Christie, eds. 2004. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 9: Cotingas to Pipits and Wagtails. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8487334696
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