Family Crescentchests (Melanopareiidae)

Near Threatened

Maranon Crescentchest (Melanopareia maranonica)


French: Cordon-noir du Maranon German: Weißflügel-Bandvogel Spanish: Pecholuna del Marañón

Melanopareia maranonicus


, 1924,

Perico, Río Chinchipe, north Peru


Vocally very similar to M. elegans and sometimes considered conspecific, but is proportionately longer-tailed, with distinct plumage pattern. Monotypic.


R Marañón watershed in extreme S Ecuador (S Zamora-Chinchipe) and N Peru (Cajamarca).

Descriptive notes

16 cm; one female 23 g. Male has black crown and nape, creamy-buff supercilium from base of bill to nape side, black lores and face; back and rump greyish-olive, tail black,... read more


Song loud and resonant, of two types, both increasing in volume at start and decreasing at end:... read more


Inhabits arid dense scrub, at elevations of 200–750 m.

Food and feeding

No published information; said to forage in manner of congeners.


Nothing known.


Probably sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Considered Near-threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Marañón Valley EBA. Local and uncommon. Although it tolerates some... read more

Recommended citation

Krabbe, N.K. & Schulenberg, T.S. (2018). Maranon Crescentchest (Melanopareia maranonica). 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 17 December 2018).