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Photo by megan perkins
Cock-of-the-rock Lodge, Manu Road, Peru
Taphrospilus hypostictus

Leucippus hypostictus


Quite long, slightly curved bill which is black with reddish underside. Upperside green, underside also green but each feather with pale edges producing strongly scalloped pattern (thighs are white). White post-ocular spot. Female with white belly, otherwise like male.


Photo by Stanley Jones
Kosñipata Valley, Peru, September, 2009

Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, and Argentina; rare and local in Colombia.


This is a monotypic species1.


Depending on book, this species is either described as being found in interior of humid montane forest and around wooded ravines, or in addition also in arid scrub.


Feeds on both nectar (from flowers in low to mid levels of forest) and insects (often caught near water)


  1. Clements, JF. 2009. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2009. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
  2. Restall et al. 2006. Birds of Northern South America. Yale University Press. ISBN 9780300124156
  3. Erize et al. 2006 Birds of South America, non-passerines. Princeton Illustrated Checklists, Princeton, New Jersey, USA. ISBN 0-691-12688-7

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