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Photo by arthurgrosset
Chapada Diamantina, Bahia, Brazil, July 2002
Schistochlamys ruficapillus


  • Blue-grey upperparts, wings and tail
  • Black face mask
  • Small cinnamon eyebrow, ear-coverts and throat
  • Cinnamon breast and upper belly, grey lower belly
  • Cinnamon undertail-coverts

Sexes similar. Immatures are similar but duller.


South America: found in east and central Brazil and north-eastern Argentina.
Uncommon to locally fairly common. Former subspecies sicki only known from type locality.


This is a monotypic species.
The subspecies capistrata and sicki are now merged with the nominate.


Dry scrubby areas in cerrado and caatinga. Semi-open grassy country, edge of forests.


Feeds mainly on fruit. Takes also some insects.
One breeding record in December in southern Brazil. The nest contained 2 eggs.
Few data on movements. Presumably a partial migrant, leaving seasonally parts of central Brazil.


  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. Del Hoyo, J, A Elliott, and D Christie, eds. 2011. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 16: Tanagers to New World Blackbirds. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8496553781
  3. Arthur Grosset
  4. BF Member observations

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