Cinnamon-crested Spadebill Platyrinchus saturatus

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The basically brown-plumaged Cinnamon-crested Spadebill is mainly distributed across northern Amazonia, from southern Venezuela to northern Brazil, and in northeast Ecuador and northeast Peru, but is also found more locally south of the Amazon in parts of southern and eastern Brazil. It is an easily missed species, unless observers possess familiarity with its rattling vocalizations, which are mainly and most consistently given during the early morning. Like other spadebills, this species is usually seen perched low above the ground in the undergrowth of terra firme forest, usually on sandy soils. It moves rapidly between perches, sometimes making a darting upward sally to take an insect, thereafter perching quietly and unobtrusively, and can be very difficult to observe.

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

Recommended Citation

Cinnamon-crested Spadebill (Platyrinchus saturatus), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: