Recurve-billed Bushbird Clytoctantes alixii

  • © Fabrice Schmitt

The globally Endangered Recuve-billed Bushbird is a remarkable-looking antbird, chunky and short-tailed with a bizarrely large, pale horn-colored, wedge-shaped and recurved bill. Males are mainly slate gray, with black lores, throat, and upper breast, and faintly spotted white wing coverts, while females are rufescent-brown, brighter over the head and body sides, and a dusky tail and wings. The species was known historically from a number of localities in extreme northwest Venezuela and northern Colombia, but it went unseen between 1965 and 2004, when the species was rediscovered in the Sierra de Perijá, in extreme western Venezuela, and a year later the Recurve-billed Bushbird was seen again in Colombia, from where it is currently known at three localities, at least one of which is well protected. It inhabits lowland and foothill forests, favoring dense undergrowth, thickets, borders, and young second growth.

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© Kathi Borgmann

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

Recommended Citation

Recurve-billed Bushbird (Clytoctantes alixii), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: