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Male above, female below
Photo © by Stanley Jones
Bosque del Rio Tigre Lodge, Osa Peninsula, Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica, February 2015
Claravis pretiosa


20 cm

  • Blue-grey upperparts
  • Pale grey underparts
  • Greyish-white face
  • Black flight feathers and outer tail feathers
  • Black spots on wings
  • Red or yellow iris
  • Bare green eye ring
  • Pink legs


  • Greyish-brown head, neck and breast
  • Pale blue-grey underwings and belly
  • Reddish-brown back
  • Chestnut rump and tail


Central and South America
Central America: South-eastern Mexico (San Luis Potosí), Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Trinidad
South America: Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, to southern Brazil, Paraguay, and northern Argentina.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Humid open woodland, forest edges, clearings and roadsides, montane forest to 1200 m.



It builds a frail dish-shaped twiggy nest. The clutch consists of 2 white eggs.


The diet includes seeds and insects.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2014. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.9., with updates to August 2014. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Wikipedia

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