Black Nunbird Monasa atra

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This species forms a superspecies with the Black-fronted Nunbird (Monasa nigrifrons) and the White-fronted Nunbird (Monasa morphoeus), both of which occur south and west of the present species’ range over the Guiana Shield. Neither of these two shares the white shoulder area of the Black Nunbird, but all three species are principally black with red bills. The Black Nunbird is found at the edge of a variety of lowland woodland habitats, often near water, and is a generally common and obvious species. Unlike some other nunbirds, prey is usually taken from leaves or branches, rather than aerially.

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© Paul A. Schwartz

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

Recommended Citation

Black Nunbird (Monasa atra), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: