French: Quiscale buissonnier German: Buschstärling Spanish: Zanate matorralero
Subspecies and Distribution
D. w. warczewiczi
(Cabanis, 1861) – Northern Scrub Blackbird – SW Colombia (W Nariño, Gorgona I)#R and W Ecuador S to NW Peru (Tumbes S to La Libertad).
D. w. kalinowskii
Berlepsch & Stolzmann, 1892 – Southern Scrub Blackbird – coastal plain and foothills of W Peru from La Libertad S to Ica, and extending inland in Cajamarca (upper R Marañón) and Huancavelica (R Mantaro, R Pampas) as far as W Cuzco#R.
c. 21·5 cm (nominate); male average 85·5 g and female average 84 g (nominate), male 110 g (kalinowskii). Medium-sized all-dark icterid with long tail.... read more
Song, usually by both sexes in duet, a rather pleasant mixture of warbles, trills and whistles,... read more
Xeric open woodland and scrub in lowlands and foothills, agricultural areas, clearings, fruit... read more
Food and feeding
Few detailed data. Diet presumably insects and other arthropods, also small vertebrates, fruits and seeds; reported as catching a lizard.... read more
Season Feb–May; a food-begging juvenile in Jun in Lambayeque (Peru). Presumably monogamous. Apparently less territorial than D.... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common and numerous. Tolerates habitat modifications. Appears to be expanding its range in both Peru and Ecuador.
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