French: Geai à gorge argentée German: Silberkehlhäher Spanish: Chara gorjiplateada
near Pico Blanco, above Sipurio, Costa Rica.
See C. mirabilis (above). Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
C. a. albior
Pitelka, 1951 – C Costa Rica (Cordillera Central).
C. a. argentigula
(Lawrence, 1875) – S Costa Rica (Cordillera de Talamanca) and W Panama (W Chiriquí).
25–27 cm; 65 g. Forehead and lores have an inconspicuous tuft of very short stiff feathers. Nominate race has head and neck, including malar region, black, narrow but... read more
Most frequent call a harsh, nasal, somewhat scratchy "jew-jeah-jeah" or a single "nyaaaah";... read more
Montane humid cloudforest, favouring oak (Quercus) forest, at 2000–3200 m;... read more
Food and feeding
Invertebrates, small frogs, small lizards, salamanders; also berries and small fruits. Forages in flocks of 4–10 individuals, but... read more
No information available. Breeding said to occur between Mar and Jun.
Resident. Possible seasonal descent to lower elevations.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Costa Rica and Panama Highlands EBA. Generally rather uncommon. Low-density populations in Costa Rica; appears... read more
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