Forbes's Blackbird Anumara forbesi


Considered to be globally Endangered under IUCN criteria, the Forbes’s Blackbird (which is named for the English collector William Alexander Forbes who visited Brazil in the early 1880s) is currently known from a series of widely scattered sites in eastern and northeastern Brazil, especially in the latter region, where it has been recorded at several sites in both Alagoas and Pernambuco. It is also known from three sites in Minas Gerais, yet despite the discovery of new sites in recent years, the known range of the species is still thought to be very small and is obviously severely fragmented. The Forbes’s Blackbird inhabits forest edge, adjacent marshy areas and even sugarcane plantations. Its diet includes fruit, insects and possibly nectar taken from the flowers of sugarcane. Breeding occurs during the wet season, which is usually in March–June, and nests are typically constructed in cultivated mango trees; two clutches are laid per season.

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  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-breeding

Recommended Citation

Forbes's Blackbird (Anumara forbesi), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: