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Black-billed Treehunter - BirdForum Opus

Thripadectes melanorhynchus


20–21 cm (7¾-8¼ in); thrush-like appearance

  • Scaly throat

Similar Species

Very similar to Striped Treehunter which has very streaked underparts.


South America: found in Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru.



There are 2 subspecies[1]:

  • T. m. striaticeps:
  • Eastern Andes of Colombia (single record from western Meta)
  • T. m. melanorhynchus:
  • Eastern slope of Andes of Ecuador and eastern Peru (south to Puno)


Moist montane evergreen forests and secondary growth. Usually found between 1000–1700 m.



They usually forage singly; very rarely seen with other species. Their main diet consists of arthropods and small invertebrates such as grasshoppers


  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. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved November 2015)
  3. Cornell Lab, Neotropical Birds

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