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Photo © by NJLarsen
Jorupe reserve, Loja, SW Ecuador, 10 June 2019
Pachyramphus albogriseus


13–14·5 cm (5-5¾ in)

  • Black crown with bluish sheen
  • Grey upperparts and paler grey underparts
  • Tail and wings dark except for white wing bar and white on tip of outer rectrices


  • Chestnut cap bordered with black
  • Black lores/eye-stripe connect to black border, bordered above with white from front to just above eye
  • Sides of head grey
  • Underside sulphurish-yellow
  • Upperside olive with slightly darker wings and rufous wing bars


  • Juvenile female like a drab adult, especially upperside and head.
  • Juvenile male like a female with paler crown. Moults to an intermediate plumage before next time reaching adult male plumage.


Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela.


Female subspecies guayaquilensis
Photo © by NJLarsen
Jorupe reserve, Loja, SW Ecuador, 10 June 2019


There are 5 subspecies:

  • P. a. ornatus:
  • P. a. guayaquilensis:
  • Western Ecuador (Guayaquil basin) and Isla Puná
  • P. a. coronatus:
  • P. a. albogriseus:
  • P. a. salvini:
  • Eastern slope of Andes of eastern Ecuador and Peru (south to Ayacucho)


Canopy and understorey of dry and moist forests, montanes.



Their diet consists of insects and fruit.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved August 2015)
  3. Wikipedia
  4. Restall et al. 2006. Birds of Northern South America. Yale University Press. ISBN 9780300124156

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