Rufouscapped nunlet

Nonnula ruficapilla

TAXONOMY

Lypornix ruficapilla Tschudi, 1844, Peru. Four subspecies currently recognized.

OTHER COMMON NAMES

French: Barbacou a couronne rousse; German: Grauwangen-faulvogel; Spanish: Monjita coronada.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

5.3-5.5 in (13.5-14 cm); 0.49-0.78 oz (14-22 g). Small with fine bill. Chestnut crown; face, nape, and sides of breast gray. Up-perparts brown, more rufous on underparts with whitish belly.

DISTRIBUTION

N. r. rufipectus: northeastern Peru; N. r. ruficapilla: eastern Peru and western Brazil south of the Amazon; N. r. nattereri: northern Brazil, Mato Grosso, and northern Bolivia; N. r. inundata: eastern Para, Brazil.

HABITAT

Mid-levels and undergrowth in humid forest edges, secondary forest, streamside forest, and igapo. In most of range associated with either bamboo or riverine regrowth.

BEHAVIOR

Singles (or quite often pairs together) usually found sitting quietly in low vegetation where they sally for food.

FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET

Apparently exclusively insectivorous.

REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY

No information. Other members of genus reported to nest in holes in banks or trees.

CONSERVATION STATUS

Not threatened. The species seems fairly common in suitable habitat.

SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS None known. ♦

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