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Black Bushbird Neoctantes niger

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The Black Bushbird is a resident of evergreen forest from south-central Colombia to western Amazonian Brazil. Male and female Black Bushbirds are entirely black, with females displaying a rufous breast. Both sexes exhibit a decidedly upturned lower mandible creating a chisel shaped bill, a characteristic of all bushbird species. This chisel shaped bill is used to hammer away at branches, vines and rotten logs in order to pry loose strips of bark and fibers in attempt to find insect prey. Extremely secretive, the Black Bushbird prefers dense undergrowth around treefalls, light gaps and swampy streams. Due to its reclusive nature, this species is easily overlooked and may persist in greater numbers than population surveys suggest.

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

Recommended Citation

Black Bushbird (Neoctantes niger), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: