French: Geai superbe German: Schmuckhäher Spanish: Chara hermosa
#R, Quito, Ecuador
Pacific slope of Andes from C Colombia (S of Chocó and Valle del Cauca) S to NW Ecuador (S to S Pichincha). Monotypic.
27 cm. Feathers of forehead and lores are short, dense and tufted. Male has forehead, lores and side of head black, crown and nape light sky-blue, whitish along upper border... read more
Quickly repeated mellow "chew-chew-chew" (grating call), loosely repeated, or given more... read more
Montane forest at 900–2300 m, mostly 1400–1800 m. Lives in mature humid subtropical... read more
Food and feeding
Poorly documented. Forages in understory, more so than do congeners. Forages singly and in pairs; hops, peers, and flies short distances.... read more
One nest was a cup of thin sticks with a lining of fine brown fibres, externally decorated with moss; placed at 2.5 m above the ground in a... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Chocó EBA. Uncommon and local in Colombia; rare to locally uncommon... read more
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