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Collared Crescentchest

Melanopareia torquata

Collared Crescentchest

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Melanopareiidae
  • Polytypic 3 Subspecies

Authors: Drucker, Jacob

Collared Crescentchest

© Gustavo Pedersoli; Cachoeira Formação, Diamantina, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Collared Crescentchest is a characteristic bird of the cerrado, especially in relatively open, grassy cerrado with a scattering of bushes or low trees. Crescentchests forage on or near the ground, solitarily or in pairs, where they are difficult to observe; but males often sing from an elevated perch. Large areas of cerrado now are being lost to advancing large-scale agriculture, but Collared Crescentchest has a very wide distribution and is not considered to be threatened.

Recommended Citation

Drucker, Jacob. 2013. Collared Crescentchest (Melanopareia torquata), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online:

This map provided by Robert S. Ridgely.

  • Migration/Movement:Resident (nonmigratory)
  • Primary Habitat:Cerrado
  • Foraging Strata:Terrestrial
  • Foraging Behavior:Glean
  • Diet:Undescribed
  • Sociality:Solitary/Pairs
  • Mating System:Unknown
  • Nest Form:Spherical
  • Clutch: 2 - 2
  • IUCN Status:Least Concern