French: Platyrhynque à tête d’or German: Goldkappen-Spatelschnabeltyrann Spanish: Picoplano coronado
P. L. Sclater
Río Napo, Ecuador
Subspecies and Distribution
P. c. superciliaris
Lawrence, 1863 – N & E Honduras S to N & W Colombia (Caribbean lowlands, N base of Andes to middle Magdalena Valley in W Santander, and Pacific lowlands) and NW Ecuador (S to Manabí).
P. c. coronatus
P. L. Sclater, 1858 – S Venezuela (Amazonas), SE Colombia (S from W Caquetá and NE Amazonas) and E Ecuador S to E Peru, NW & W Brazil (upper R Negro and, S of Amazon, E to R Xingu area and S to NW Mato Grosso) and N Bolivia (S to La Paz).
P. c. gumia
(Bangs & T. E. Penard, 1918) – SE Venezuela (C & E Bolívar), the Guianas and adjacent N Brazil (upper R Branco E to Amapá).
8·5–9 cm; 8–9 g. Small spadebill with bold facial pattern, prominent rictal bristles. Has pale buff-yellow (or olive-tinged) supraloral band, eyering, auricular... read more
Song a quiet insect-like trill, “se’e’e’e’e’e’r’r’r’r’e’e’e” or “bzee-eee-eéep”, descends in pitch... read more
Dark understorey of humid forest (both terra firme and várzea) and adjacent tall... read more
Food and feeding
Diet includes beetles (Coleoptera), caterpillars, small grasshoppers (Orthoptera), spiders (Araneae), and other small arthropods. Occur in... read more
Apr–Jun in Costa Rica and Jul in Panama; in Colombia, Jan–Apr in NW and Aug in SE. Makes short display-flights between perches... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Uncommon to fairly common or locally common; probably often overlooked. Occurs in many national parks and other protected areas throughout its range... read more
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