Family Crescentchests (Melanopareiidae)

Least Concern

Collared Crescentchest (Melanopareia torquata)


French: Cordon-noir à col roux German: Rotnacken-Bandvogel Spanish: Pecholuna brasileño

Synallaxis torquatus


, 1831,

Campo Geral of inner Brazil = campos on the Bahia–Minas Gerais border, east Brazil


Race bitorquata has been treated by some authors as a dark variant of rufescens, but has also been suggested to represent a species apart based on plumage characters#R. Specimens from Amazonian portion of range not confidently attributed to either nominate or rufescens, both of which display clinal variation in body size, and these two subspecies might be better treated as synonymous; more research required#R. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • M. t. bitorquata (d’Orbigny & Lafresnaye, 1837) – E Bolivia (NE Santa Cruz) and SW Brazil (extreme W Mato Grosso)#R.
  • M. t. rufescens Hellmayr, 1924 – C Brazil (from S Pará and S Maranhão#R S to E Mato Grosso do Sul, Minas Gerais and interior São Paulo) and extreme E Paraguay.
  • M. t. torquata (Wied, 1831) – E Brazil in S Piauí and W Bahia.
  • Descriptive notes

    14·5 cm; 12·5–18 g (nominate), 12–18 g (rufescens), male 16–23 g, ­female 17–20 g (bitorquata). Adult has... read more


    Song, from near top of low shrub, usually a series of 3–6 loud, resonant “chip”... read more


    Stony, nearly grassless cerrado with scattered low bushes and gnarled trees such as ... read more

    Food and feeding

    Diet not recorded. Alone, less commonly in pairs. Hops on ground or low above it in branches, usually under cover of tall grass.


    In Brazil an active nest found in Oct 2006 and two in Nov 2007; female with yoking egg in Nov in Bolivia. Nest globular, with side... read more


    Probably sedentary.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Widespread at fairly low density. Occurs in Noel Kempff Mercado National Park, in Bolivia, and in Serra do Cipó, Brasília, Das Emas,... read more

    Recommended citation

    Krabbe, N.K., Schulenberg, T.S. & de Juana, E. (2018). Collared Crescentchest (Melanopareia torquata). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 20 November 2018).