Family New World Blackbirds (Icteridae)

Vulnerable

Red-bellied Grackle (Hypopyrrhus pyrohypogaster)


Taxonomy

French: Carouge à ventre rouge German: Rotbauchstärling Spanish: Chango ventrirrojo
Taxonomy:

Cassicus pyrohypogaster

Tarragon

, 1847,

Colombia

.

Monotypic.

Distribution:

Discontinuously in N W & C Andes and upper Magdalena Valley, in Colombia.

Descriptive notes

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

Voice

A rather musical “peero-peero”, also trills and warbles. Song described as “glok-... read more

Habitat

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

Breeding

Season Jan–May in C Andes, Mar–Aug elsewhere, but reported also Aug–Dec. Solitary nester. Co-operative breeder, in groups... read more

Movements

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

Recommended citation

Fraga, R. & Sharpe, C.J. (2019). Red-bellied Grackle (Hypopyrrhus pyrohypogaster). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/62306 on 23 February 2019).