Yellow-billed Nunbird Monasa flavirostris

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The Yellow-billed Nunbird has a relatively restricted range in upper Amazonia and the adjacent foothills on the east slope of the Andes, where it occurs in southeast Colombia south to northern Bolivia, and east as far as the Rio Negro in western Brazil. This nunbird is unique in displaying a yellow bill and some white on the scapulars; all of the other Monasa species have red bills, while only one of these, the Black Nunbird (Monasa atra), has white on the shoulder region, and the latter species is restricted to the Guiana Shield. Compared to other congenerics, the Yellow-billed Nunbird seems rather less common and more easily overlooked, despite that it principally occurs in less pristine habitats than sympatric Monasa species.

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

Recommended Citation

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