Family Trumpeters (Psophiidae)


Olive-winged Trumpeter (Psophia dextralis)


French: Agami olive German: Olivflügel-Trompetervogel Spanish: Trompetero aliverde oriental

Psophia viridis dextralis


, 1934,

Tauary, right bank of Rio Tapajós, Brazil


Closely related to all other congeners. Usually considered conspecific with P. viridis and P. obscura; P. viridis differs in its green middle and lower mantle (3); conspicuous iridescent purple hindneck (2); conspicuous iridescent purple outer wing-coverts (ns[2]); pale bill and legs (3); possibly larger bill (inadequate sample in published manual#R) (ns); P. obscura differs in its dark brown shading to dark green vs mid-brown shading to olive-brown mantle (3); some colour vs virtual absence of colour on hindneck (2); some colour vs virtual absence of colour on outer wing-coverts (2); possibly shorter bill (inadequate sample in published manual#R) (ns). Molecular evidence supports its separation, and also the recognition as a “phylospecies” of the form interjecta (treated as an intermediate population without taxonomic standing in HBW); interjecta is genetically and morphologically close to dextralis, and is here treated as a distinct race#R. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. d. dextralis Conover, 1934 – EC Brazil S of R Amazon (between R Tapajós and W bank of R Xingu).
  • P. d. interjecta Griscom & Greenway, 1937 – NE Brazil S of R Amazon (from E bank of R Xingu to W edge of R Tocantins).
  • Descriptive notes

    45–52 cm; 1170–1200 g. Plumage is mostly uniformly black, with dark brown mantle and hind-wing patch becoming olive-green distally; generally lacks iridescence on lower neck... read more


    Song is a series of low humming notes, much as that of P. viridis. Groups (although... read more


    Found in dense lowland rainforest, away from human settlement. Recorded to c. 800 m in the Serra... read more

    Food and feeding

    Very few data. Has a diverse diet, including fruit, arthropods, small vertebrates and carrion. Recorded in groups of at least three... read more


    Little known. Probably breeds Jan–Apr, at least.


    Presumed to be sedentary and territorial.

    Status and conservation

    ENDANGERED. Uncommon to rare. Global population size not yet quantified, but probably small. Apparently widespread at low density in undisturbed rainforest, especially in... read more

    Recommended citation

    del Hoyo, J., Collar, N., Christie, D.A. & Sharpe, C.J. (2019). Olive-winged Trumpeter (Psophia dextralis). 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 16 February 2019).