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Melanopareia maranonica

Marañon Crescentchest

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Melanopareiidae
  • Monotypic

Authors: Schulenberg, Thomas S., and Tom Johnson

Melanopareia maranonica

Amazonas, Peru; 17 October 2011 © Jean Paul Perret

Marañon Crescentchest is a tiny songbird, endemic to the Marañón Valley of northwestern Peru and southern Ecuador. This species is olive above and tawny below, with a dark chest band and a boldly striped black and buff head. Marañon Crescentchest is quite similar to Elegant Crescentchest (Melanopareia elegans) of the Pacific slope of southwestern Ecuador and northwestern Peru, but Marañon is larger with a longer tail and has more richly colored underparts and silver edging to wing coverts instead of the rufous edging in Elegant. Marañón Crescentchest can be found in scrub woodlands within its tiny range between 200 and 750 m in elevation. Very little is known about the natural history of this attractive species.

Recommended Citation

Schulenberg, Thomas S., and Tom Johnson. 2012. Marañon Crescentchest (Melanopareia maranonica), 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:Tropical deciduous forest
  • Foraging Strata:Terrestrial
  • Foraging Behavior:Glean
  • Diet:Undescribed
  • Sociality:Solitary/Pairs
  • Mating System:Unknown
  • Nest Form:Undescribed
  • Clutch: -
  • IUCN Status:Near Threatened