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Olive-crowned Crescentchest Melanopareia maximiliani

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Melanopareiidae
  • Polytypic: 3 subspecies
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All crescentchests are sharp looking species, and they now are considered to comprise a family separate from other suboscine passerines. This distinctiveness is clear based on their striking plumage, as well as their vocalizations. The Olive-crowned is the southernmost of the crescentchests, and like its relatives it is found in dry forest edge and shrub-slopes in Bolivia, Argentina and Paraguay. The voice varies geographically, there is a fast singing population and a slow singing population, it is likely that the two are better treated as separate species. This crescentchest is olive above, with a distinct pale supercilium and a black mask. Below it shows a buffy throat, a black crescent on the chest and rufous underparts.

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

Recommended Citation

Olive-crowned Crescentchest (Melanopareia maximiliani), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: