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Photo © by Leif G
Sani Lodge, Ecuador, November 2003
Celeus flavus


24–26 cm (9½-10¼ in)

  • Creamy-yellow head, back and underparts
  • Erect yellow crest
  • Rufous wings
  • Black tail
  • Long cream bill
  • Dark iris

Male: red moustachial stripe
There is a wide variation in this colouring which does not necessarily indicate a particular sub-species.


Photo © by Luis R
Orinoco Delta River, Delta Amacuro State, Venezuela, 4 January 2009

South America: found in Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Brazil.



There are 4 subspecies[1]

  • C. f. flavus:
  • C. f. peruvianus:
  • Tropical eastern Peru
  • C. f. subflavus:
  • Eastern Brazil (Alagoas; Bahia to Espírito Santo)
  • C. f. tectricialis:
  • North-eastern Brazil (Maranhão)


Humid varzea and swamp forests often near water.



Their main diet consists of ants and termites with the addition of some fruit and seeds


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Arthur Grosset
  4. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved September 2016)

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