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Photo © by Xyko Paludo
SC, Brazil, October 2018

Tachyphonus cristatus


15 cm (6 in)
The male is mostly black with a broad, flat yellow and orange crest. You can usually see some white at the shoulder and this shows as white under-wings in flight. The rump is buff as is the throat.


South America found from Colombia, Venezuela and The Guianas to Peru and Brazil.



Nine subspecies are recognized[1]:

  • L. c. fallax: Southern Colombia (south-eastern Nariño) to eastern Ecuador and north-eastern Peru
  • L. c. cristatellus: Tropical south-eastern Colombia to north-eastern Peru, southern Venezuela and north-western Brazil
  • L. c. huarandosae: Northern Peru (Chinchipe Valley in Río Marañón Valley)
  • L. c. intercedens: Eastern Venezuela (eastern Bolívar), Guyana and Suriname
  • L. c. cristatus: French Guiana and north-eastern Brazil (north of the Amazon)
  • L. c. pallidigula: North-eastern Brazil (eastern Pará and lower Rio Tocantins)
  • L. c. madeirae: Brazil south of the Amazon (Teffe to Rio Xingú and Mato Grosso)
  • L. c. nattereri: South-western Brazil (Mato Grosso)
  • L. c. brunneus: Eastern Brazil (Pernambuco to São Paulo)


Forests and forest borders and clearings, gardens and cocoa farms.



Their diet consists mainly of arthropods and fruit.


A nest was described as being an open cup in a bush or small palm.


  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. arthurgrosset
  3. BirdForum Member observations
  4. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved October 2018)

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