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Hollin Cascada, Eastern Andes, Ecuador, April, 2015
Urochroa leucura


13-14 cm.

  • Black, long, straight bill
  • Bronzy green upperparts
  • Buffy malar streak, not very pronounced
  • Iridescent blue throat and breast
  • Dull grey belly
  • Bronzy central tail feathers, the rest are white with dusky grey on outer web

Sexes similar, females probably slightly duller than males. Juveniles like adults but with buff fringes on head feathers.


East slope of Andes from southern Colombia (Nariño) to eastern Ecuador (south at least to Morona-Santiago) and northern Peru (Amazonas, San Martín)


This is a monotypic species[1].




  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/

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