Lypornix ruficapilla Tschudi, 1844, Peru. Four subspecies currently recognized.
OTHER COMMON NAMES
French: Barbacou a couronne rousse; German: Grauwangen-faulvogel; Spanish: Monjita coronada.
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.
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.
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.
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.
No information. Other members of genus reported to nest in holes in banks or trees.
Not threatened. The species seems fairly common in suitable habitat.
SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS None known. ♦
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