French: Troglodyte joyeux German: Glückszaunkönig Spanish: Cucarachero feliz
P. L. Sclater
Juquila, Oaxaca, Mexico
Subspecies and Distribution
P. f. sonorae
van Rossem, 1930 – S Sonora and N Sinaloa, in NW Mexico.
P. f. pallidus
(Nelson, 1899) – C Sinaloa and W Durango S to Jalisco and NW Michoacán.
P. f. lawrencii
(Ridgway, 1878) – María Madre I (Tres Marías Group), off Nayarit (W Mexico).
P. f. magdalenae
(Nelson, 1898) – María Magdalena I (Tres Marías Group).
P. f. grandis
(Nelson, 1900) – drainage of R Balsas (S México, Morelos, SW Puebla, N Guerrero), in W Mexico.
P. f. felix
(P. L. Sclater, 1860) – SW Mexico from SE Jalisco S to W Oaxaca.
12·5–14 cm; 9–16·4 g. Nominate race has white supercilium, contrasting black sides of face and of neck with prominent white markings; crown and upper back deep... read more
Song an arresting series of rollicking, gurgling whistles, delivered antiphonally by both sexes,... read more
Dry tropical forest, including thorn-forest, and oak-hornbeam (Quercus-Carpinus)... read more
Food and feeding
Mostly invertebrates, including beetles (Coleoptera), caterpillars, bugs (Hemiptera), hymenopterans and others; some vegetable matter,... read more
Breeds late May and Jun, island populations (lawrencii and magdalenae) several weeks later. Nest a retort-shaped bag of... read more
Mostly sedentary; some evidence of vertical movements by higher-altitude populations at N edge of... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Quite common over much of its range. Appears to be able to tolerate substantial habitat disturbance.
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