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Photo by arthurgrosset
Near Presidente Figueiredo, Amazonas, Brazil, August 2004
Monasa atra


  • Dull black
  • Slender and slightly decurved coral-red bill
  • Greyish-white edges on wing coverts
  • Black legs

Sexes are similar

Similar Species

Very similar to the Black-fronted Nunbird apart from the white to grey edging on the wing coverts. It is found north of the Amazon while the Black-fronted is found south of the Amazon.2


Extreme eastern Colombia to Venezuela, the Guianas and northern Brazil.

A common bird of terra firme forest north of the river Amazon and east of the river Negro.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Moist lowland forests, understorey near water.



They nest is a hole in the ground.


The diet includes insects like spiders, caterpillars and flies; also lizards.


It is an extremely loud bird and can frequently be heard duetting or singing as a small group.2


  1. Clements, JF. 2008. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2008. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
  2. Arthur Grosset
  3. BF Member observations
  4. Wikipedia

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