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Male
Photo © by Francisco Paludo
Manacapuru, AM, Brasil, 20 July, 2023
Topaza pyra

Identification

Female
Photo © by Francisco Paludo
Manacapuru, AM, Brasil, 18 July, 2023

Similar species

Male usually has redder rear head and non-green lower back and female has more extensive rufous on outer rectrices than Crimson Topaz.

Crimson Topaz is not known to overlap in range anywhere (but within 100 km in Venezuela w/o signs of intergradation).

Distribution

East of the Andes in Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela and western Amazonian Brazil

Status: almost always rare, but possibly overlooked due to preference for canopy.

Taxonomy

Subspecies

There are 2 subspecies[1]

  • T. p. amaruni:
  • eastern Ecuador and adjacent northern Peru; distributional limits not determined, and populations elsewhere in eastern Peru and western Amazonian Brazil not assigned to subspecies
  • T p. pyra:
  • southeastern Colombia, southwestern Venezuela (Amazonas), and northwestern Brazil (northeastern Amazonas); distributional limits not determined, and populations in east central Peru and western Amazonian Brazil not assigned to subspecies

These forms have in the past been included in Crimson Topaz.

Habitat

Humid forests and edges, and often located near streams. Mainly in lowlands.

Behaviour

Has a preference for canopy and may even catch insects above that.

References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, S. M. Billerman, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2022. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2022. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Restall et al. 2006. Birds of Northern South America. Yale University Press. ISBN 9780300124156
  3. Ber van Perlo. 2009. A field guide to the Birds of Brazil. Oxford University Press, New York, NY, USA. ISBN 978-0-19-530155-7

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