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Photo by sungrebe
Minca, Colombia, January 2015
Thamnophilus melanonotus

Sakesphorus melanonotus


15–16 cm (6 in)


South America: found on the Caribbean slope of northern Colombia and north-western Venezuela (east to Miranda)


This is a monotypic species[1].

Moved from genus Sakesphorus to genus Thamnophilus.[1][2]


Understorey and mid-levels of dry deciduous forest.



Their diet consists almost entirely of insects.


The nest is an unlined cup suspended from a thorn bush. They lay two eggs from March to July. Little other information is available.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2015. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2015, with updates to August 2015. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Gill, F and D Donsker (Eds). 2010. IOC World Bird Names (version 2.7). Available at http://www.worldbirdnames.org/.
  3. SACC proposal read July 6, 2008
  4. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved August 2015)

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