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Photo © by Gerald Friesen
Darien Region, Panama, February 2015
Brachygalba salmoni


16·5–18 cm (6½-7 in); Female is also a little smaller than male.
Greenish-black upperparts, chest, flanks and under-wing coverts while most of the underside is cinnamon and the throat is whitish (male) or buff (female).


Central America: found in tropical eastern Panama and north-western Colombia.


Photo © by Stanley Jones
Comarca Embera Wounaan, Pinogana, Darién Province, Panama, February 2018

This is a monotypic species[1].

Subspecies carmenensis is generally considered to be invalid[2].


Lowland damp forests, shrubby forest edges and clearings; jungle riversides.



Their main diet consists of flying insects, including moths.


  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. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved March 2015)
  4. Angher and Dean The Birds of Panama

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