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Photo © by Francisco Paludo
Rio dos Cedros, SC, Brasil, May, 2018
Knipolegus nigerrimus


17·5–18 cm (6¾-7)

  • Glossy bluish-black head
  • Short busy crest
  • White base of primaries visible in flight


South America: found in eastern Brazil (north-eastern Bahia and Alagoas to north-eastern Rio Grande do Sul)


This is a monotypic species[1].


Photo © by Francisco Paludo
Itamonte, MG, Brazil, July 2016

Cloud forest. Usually seen near trees or shrubs in grassy or rocky areas at heights around 1800–2700 m.



Their main diet consists of insects.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved February 2016)

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