French: Vacher brun German: Zwergkuhstärling Spanish: Tordo chico
Caribbean coast of N Colombia (N Bolívar, Atlántico and Magdalena).
Male 18·6 cm, average 40·8 g; female 16 cm, average 30·7 g. A small cowbird with neck ruff. Male has head, back and underparts dark sepia with strong coppery iridescence,... read more
Male song during display an ascending, high-pitched “eez-eez-dzleeee”, with rasping or glassy tone... read more
Occupies dry woodland with Prosopis juliflora, Acacia farnesiana and arborescent... read more
Food and feeding
Little information. Diet probably mostly arthropods and seeds; frequents farms and barnyards, and feeds on chicken food. Forages mostly on... read more
Season May–Jul; fledged chicks seen in Jul. In “Song Spread” display, male lowers head, raises body feathers and spreads wings and tail... read more
Status and conservation
Not assessed. Classified as “endangered” in Colombia. Little known. Extremely local, and total population must be small. An old report from Leticia (Amazonian Colombia) is... read more
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