French: Carouge montagnard German: Braunachselstärling Spanish: Chango colombiano
Other common names:
Colombian Mountain Grackle
E Andes of Colombia from Norte de Santander and Santander (including Serranía de los Yariguíes) S on W slope to Boyacá (formerly also Cundinamarca).
Male 29–30 cm, female 27–28 cm. Slender and long-tailed icterid. Plumage is almost entirely black with blue gloss; axillaries and most of underwing-coverts dark... read more
Song variable, sometimes starting with low clicks and buzzing notes, followed by series of... read more
Humid upper montane forest rich in epiphytes, particularly oak forest (Quercus humboldtii... read more
Food and feeding
Feeds on insects and other arthropods, particularly weevils (Curculionidae), Orthoptera, bugs (Hemiptera), hymenopterans and spiders (... read more
Season May–Sept. Nests solitarily. Co-operative breeder, groups of 4–5 individuals attending nest or fledglings; also one adult... read more
Status and conservation
ENDANGERED. Restricted-range species: present in Colombian East Andes EBA. Rare and extremely local. Estimates of global population range from 1000 to 3000 individuals. Range... read more
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