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Freckle-breasted Thornbird - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by Francisco Paludo
Capão Alto, SC, Brazil, February 2017
Phacellodomus striaticollis


The name comes from the faint white freckling on the breast. Note also the yellow iris and the brown crown with faint pale shaft streaking.

Similar Species

Greater Thornbird


South America: found in South-east Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, and north-east Argentina.


This is a monotypic species1.

Spot-breasted Thornbird was until recently treated as a subspecies of Freckle-breasted Thornbird.


Almost always near water including thickets in marshes, borders of gallery woodland, etc.


Occasionally forages in the open.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2013. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.8., with updates to August 2013. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Ridgely and Tudor 2009. Field guide to the songbirds of South America - the passerines. University of Texas Press, Austin, TX, USA. ISBN 978-0-292-71979-8
  3. BF Member observations

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