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Black-billed Peppershrike Cyclarhis nigrirostris

  • © J. Esteban Berrío

The Black-billed Peppershrike is a distinctive songbird of northwestern South America.  Found in the subtropical zone on Andean slopes between 1300 and 2700 meters in elevation, this peppershrike inhabits canopy of humid forest in its range in Colombia and Ecuador.  It is somewhat similar in appearance to the more widely distributed Rufous-browed Peppershrike, olive above with deep rufous lores and superciliary, whitish underparts with olive flanks, yellow-green irides, and a black bill.  As it remains hidden in the canopy of the forest, the best way to detect the Black-billed Peppershrike is by listening for the song, a rich warbling song composed of short, separated phrases.

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© Andrés M. Cuervo

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

Recommended Citation

Black-billed Peppershrike (Cyclarhis nigrirostris), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: