French: Vacher géant German: Riesenkuhstärling Spanish: Tordo gigante
J. F. Gmelin
Cayenne, French Guiana
Subspecies and Distribution
M. o. impacifus
(J. L. Peters, 1929) – E Mexico (Veracruz) S to W Panama.
M. o. oryzivorus
(J. F. Gmelin, 1788) – C Panama E to Colombia, S on Pacific coast to NW Peru (Tumbes), and from Venezuela, Trinidad and Tobago and the Guianas S to E Peru, Bolivia, N & NE Argentina (Jujuy, Salta and N Corrientes) and most of Brazil (S to Santa Catarina; absent in NE).
Male 34 cm, 174–242 g; female 29 cm, 144–167 g. A large, long-winged and long-tailed black interid, erectile feathers around neck forming ruff; in its undulating... read more
Rather silent. Song usually a high-pitched, shrill whistle followed by a warble “psee-... read more
In breeding season often near colonies of Psarocolius and Cacicus at forest edge... read more
Food and feeding
Insects and other invertebrates, and seeds; sometimes takes nectar from brush-shaped inflorescences of Combretum vines. In NE... read more
Season Apr–Nov in Panama, Dec–Apr in Suriname and Sept–Dec in NE Argentina. Brood parasite mostly on colonial species of... read more
Apparently resident. Probably some short-distance movements between breeding and non-breeding... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Uncommon to fairly common or locally common; widespread. Rare or absent from several states of NE Brazil; scarce and local in llanos of R... read more
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