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Northern Bentbill

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Oncostoma cinereigulare


[edit] Identification

10 cm.
A small flycatcher distinguished from most other species by its pale iris and short, broad, downwards "bent" bill.

[edit] Similar species

Southern Bentbill has a range either adjacent to or overlapping in Panama

[edit] Distribution

Central and South America:
Central America: Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama; in Panama only known from the western half of Bocas del Toro and westernmost Chiriqui.
South America: found only in Colombia (in NW Antioquia) where it may be known only from a single record.

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].

[edit] Habitat

Edge, gaps, and the understory of humid forests. Seems to prefer relatively open forest.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Vocalisation

Song: a short, buzzy trill.

Food is mainly insects and other invertebrates.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, JF. 2011. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to August 2011. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at
  2. Birdforum member personal observations

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