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Photo by Arthur Grosset
Murici, Alagoas, Brazil, March 2004
Hemithraupis guira


13 cm (5 in)
Male is boldly patterned with a black mask and throat surrounded by bright yellow. The centre of the breast is bright orange, the belly is yellowish and the flanks are grey-green. Upperparts are olive green with an orange rump and the bill is pointed and yellow except on the culmen which is black.
Female is much duller being olive above and dull yellow below. It has a faint yellow supercilium.


Most of South America from Colombia to northern Argentina.



There are 8 subspecies[1]:

  • H. g. guirina:
  • H. g. nigrigula:
Photo by Rogerio Araújo Dias
Brasilia, Brazil
  • H. g. huambina:
  • Tropical south-eastern Colombia to eastern Ecuador, north-eastern Peru and western Brazil
  • H. g. roraimae:
  • Tepuis of south-eastern Venezuela and Guyana
  • H. g. boliviana:
  • H. g. amazonica:
  • Brazil south of the Amazon (Rio Madeira to Rio Tapaj¢s)
  • H. g. guira:
  • Eastern Brazil (Rio Tocantins to Cear , Goi southern and north-western Bahia)
  • H. g. forsteri:
  • Eastern Paraguay to north-eastern Argentina and interior south-eastern Brazil


Atlantic gallery forest, open woodland and tall scrub.



Their diet consists of a range of arthropods with the addition of occasional small fruits.


The nest is placed in a fork high in a tree. It is a flimsy structure formed from plant fibres.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2015. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2015, with updates to August 2015. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. BF Member observations
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved April 2016)

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