French: Barbichon hérissé German: Gebirgsbekarde Spanish: Moscareta vellosa
P. L. Sclater, 1860,
Nanegal, Pichincha, Ecuador.
Four subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
M. v. villosus
P. L. Sclater, 1860 – locally in E Panama (Cerro Tacarcuna), W Andes of Colombia and NW Ecuador.
M. v. schaeferi
Aveledo & Pons, 1952 – locally in Sierra de Perijá, Andes of Venezuela (SE Táchira, W Mérida) and E slope of Andes in NE Colombia (W Arauca, NW Casanare).
M. v. clarus
J. T. Zimmer, 1939 – E slope of E Andes of S Colombia (W Caquetá), Ecuador and Peru (S to Junín).
M. v. peruvianus
Todd, 1922 – E slope of E Andes of SE Peru and NW Bolivia (La Paz).
14 cm; 13 g. Large eyes, prominent long rictal bristles. Male nominate race has crown, nape, and upperparts dark brownish-olive, semi-concealed yellow coronal patch, paler... read more
Generally quiet; sometimes a sharp “espít” call note, similar to that of M. sulphureipygius... read more
Lower and middle levels of montane forest, near streams. Occurs at 900–2100 m, locally down... read more
Food and feeding
Arthropods, notably hymenopterans, coleopterans, homopteran bugs, and arachnids. Analysis of 77 prey items taken from stomachs in SE Peru... read more
Not well known; probably similar to that of congeners.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Rare to locally common; particularly numerous at El Placer (Esmeraldas), in NW Ecuador. Occurs in Tambito Nature Reserve, in Colombia, Machalilla... read more
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