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Subspecies terminalis
Photo © by Stanley Jones
Hotel Pakaritampu, Ollantaytambo, Cusco Department, Peru, September 2018
Pheucticus aureoventris


Photo © by Stanley Jones
Aguas Calientes, Peru, September, 2009

22cm (8½ in)

  • Black upperparts
  • Speckled yellow belly
  • Heavy black bill

Sexes slightly dimorphic


South America: found in Colombia, western Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, central and south-western Brazil, Paraguay, north-western Argentina



There are 5 subspecies[1]:

  • P. a. meridensis (Merida):
  • P. a. crissalis (Yellow-throated):


  • P. a. uropygialis':
  • P. a. terminalis:
  • Andes of eastern Peru (Amazonas and Cuzco)


  • P. a. aureoventris:


Disturbed riparian secondary montane evergreen forest with ornamentals, scrubby woodland, well-bushed gardens. Humid Subtropical Life Zone. Observed at heights around 2040 m.



Their diet consists of berries, seeds and insects. They have also been observed feeding on flowers in Colombia.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. BF Member observations
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved September 2015)

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