French: Quiscale du Nicaragua German: Nicaraguagrackel Spanish: Zanate nicaragüense
Salvin and Godman
Momotombo, Lake Managua, Nicaragua
S Nicaragua (shores of L Managua and L Nicaragua) and adjacent N Costa Rica (L Caño Negro, on R Frío).
Male 29 cm, 94 g; female 24 cm, 58 g. Male is black with marked violet and green gloss, gloss more violaceous on underparts, tail-coverts and tail; tail long and strongly... read more
Song by male during display a series of accelerated ascending whistles, also a descending “kleeep”... read more
Open lakeshores, riverbanks, marshes and wet cattle pastures.
Food and feeding
Feeds on wild seeds, also insects and other arthropods; probably also small vertebrates. Forages mostly on ground. Follows grazing cattle,... read more
Season Mar–Sept (Costa Rica). Monogamous or polygynous. Breeds in small colonies, with up to ten nests together in trees and shrubs near... read more
Apparently resident. Possibly some short seasonal movements.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Lake Nicaragua Marshes Secondary Area. Uncommon to locally common. Relatively poorly known. Estimated extent of... read more
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