French: Paruline sombre German: Schwarzwangen-Waldsänger Spanish: Reinita carinegra
S. F. Baird
Subspecies and Distribution
B. m. melanogenys
S. F. Baird, 1865 – C & S Costa Rica.
B. m. eximius
Nelson, 1912 – W Panama in vicinity of Boquete (Chiriquí).
B. m. bensoni
Griscom, 1927 – W Panama in vicinity of Chitrá (Veraguas).
13·5 cm; 11·8 g. Nominate race has rufous crown separated from long white supercilium by narrow black lateral crownstripe, face black; nape and upperparts olive... read more
Song a spluttering and lisping jumble of notes, transcribed as "tsi tsi wee tsi tsi wu tsi wee... read more
Montane oak (Quercus) forest with dense bamboo understorey, and sometimes in shrubby p... read more
Food and feeding
Feeds mainly on insects and other arthropods, especially spiders (Araneae); also takes some berries. Forages mainly by gleaning at low... read more
Egg-laying in Apr–Jun, and food-carrying adults observed in Jun. Nest a bulky domed structure made from bamboo and other leaves, fern... read more
Resident; groups wander widely outside breeding season.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Costa Rica and Panama Highlands EBA. Uncommon to fairly common. No population estimates available.
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