French: Carouge à ventre rouge German: Rotbauchstärling Spanish: Chango ventrirrojo
Discontinuously in N W & C Andes and upper Magdalena Valley, in Colombia.
Male average 31·5 cm, 101 g; female average 27 cm. Distinctive, robust blackbird. Plumage is glossy black, with vivid red belly and crissum; feather shafts of head and... read more
A rather musical “peero-peero”, also trills and warbles. Song described as “glok-... read more
Primary and secondary montane forests, forest edge, also pastures and plantations near forest... read more
Food and feeding
Possibly omnivorous. Feeds on arillate fruits of Cupania, also berries of Miconia and figs (Ficus), and reported... read more
Season Jan–May in C Andes, Mar–Aug elsewhere, but reported also Aug–Dec. Solitary nester. Co-operative breeder, in groups... read more
Resident; perhaps some local altitudinal movements.
Status and conservation
VULNERABLE. Restricted-range species: present in Colombian Inter-Andean slopes EBA and Chocó EBA. Rare and local; fairly common in a few places. Although recently... read more
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