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Black-backed Grosbeak

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Subspecies terminalisPhoto © by Stanley JonesHotel Pakaritampu, Ollantaytambo, Cusco Department, Peru, September 2018
Subspecies terminalis
Photo © by Stanley Jones
Hotel Pakaritampu, Ollantaytambo, Cusco Department, Peru, September 2018
Pheucticus aureoventris


[edit] Identification

FemalePhoto © by Stanley Jones Aguas Calientes,  Peru, September, 2009
Photo © by Stanley Jones
Aguas Calientes, Peru, September, 2009

22cm (8½ in)

  • Black upperparts
  • Speckled yellow belly
  • Heavy black bill

Sexes slightly dimorphic

[edit] Distribution

South America: found in Colombia, western Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, central and south-western Brazil, Paraguay, north-western Argentina

[edit] Taxonomy

[edit] Subspecies

There are 5 subspecies[1]:

  • P. a. meridensis (Merida):
  • P. a. crissalis (Yellow-throated):


  • P. a. uropygialis':
  • P. a. terminalis:
  • Andes of eastern Peru (Amazonas and Cuzco)


  • P. a. aureoventris:

[edit] Habitat

Disturbed riparian secondary montane evergreen forest with ornamentals, scrubby woodland, well-bushed gardens. Humid Subtropical Life Zone. Observed at heights around 2040 m.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

Their diet consists of berries, seeds and insects. They have also been observed feeding on flowers in Colombia.

[edit] References

  1. 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
  2. BF Member observations
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved September 2015)

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