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Subspecies cucullata
Photo © by cfagyal
Yanacocha, Ecuador, September 2004
Buthraupis montana


21 cm (8¼ in)
Golden-yellow underside, dark bluish-grey upperside, black head with red eye, dark bill and legs.


Subspecies saturata
Photo © by Stanley Jones
Manu Road, Challabamba, Madre de Dios Department, Peru, September 2018

South America: found in Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia



There are 5 subspecies[1]:

  • B. m. gigas:
  • B. m.cucullata:
  • B. m. cyanonota:
  • Andes of Peru (Amazonas to Junín)
  • B. m. saturata:
  • Andes of south-eastern Peru (Cuzco and Puno)
  • B. m. montana:
  • Andes of western Bolivia (La Paz and Cochabamba)

A 6th subspecies B. m venezuelana is recognised by some authorities[2]


Montane Cloudforest, edges, ravines with scrub, etc.



In pairs or flocks, both single and mixed species. Feeds on a variety of foods: insects, seeds, berries, and fruit, found often in or near canopy, but also elsewhere.


Known to be a vocal species.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Restall et al. 2006. Birds of Northern South America. Yale University Press. ISBN 9780300124156

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