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Photo by Rogerio Araújo Dias
Photographed: Brasillia -DF- Brazil
Gampsonyx swainsonii


Yellow forehead and cheeks, grey-black crown, wings and tail, white underparts, yellow legs and feet, red-chestnut eyes, black bill.


Nicaragua and Panama to Paraguay, Argentina, and Brazil, Trinidad, and the Guianas.


Three subspecies recognised:

  • leonae in Central America and northern South America,
  • swainsonii in Brazil and northern Argentina
  • magnus in Ecuador and Peru


Sparsely wooded savannas.


Photo by WilsonDiaz
Photographed: Jaen, Peru
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A deep cup of sticks built high in a tree and 2-4 brown-marked white eggs are laid; incubated mainly by the female for 34-35 days to hatching, with a further 5 weeks to fledging. There may be two broods in a season.

Diet includes lizards, small birds and insects.


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.

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