Photo © by Stanley Jones
Manu Road above Wayquecha Lodge, northeast of Challabamba, Cusco Department, Peru
- Thlypopsis ruficeps
12cm. A small, brightly coloured thin-billed tanager.
- Bright rufous crown, side of head to below eye and malar area
- Brightly olive-green upperparts
- Blackish primary coverts, dusky flight-feathers edged bright olive-green
- Olive-green tail
- Bright yellow central throat and underparts, sides and flanks tinged olive
Females are similar but duller, they have a buffy yellow forehead and ocular area and a mostly olive middle crown to nape.
Immatures are much duller, mainly olive-green above with an ill-defined yellowish eyebrow.
Found in the Andes from south-central Peru south to Bolivia and northwest Argentina.
Fairly common to locally common in its range.
This is a monotypic species1.
Forest borders and bushy second growth in humid areas and borders of cloudforest.
Generally found at 1500 - 3700m, slightly lower in Argentina.
Feeds on insects.
Seen singly, in pairs or in small flocks, often in mixed-species flocks. Moves quickly and restlessly.
Juveniles seen at different times of year, no other information about breeding.
Appears to be partially migratory in extreme south of range. No seasonal movements in rest of range.
- Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2012. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to October 2012. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/downloadable-clements-checklist
- 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
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