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Subspecies unirufus
Photo © by darwin1601
La Selva, Costa Rica, June 2019
Lipaugus unirufus


23–24 cm (9-9½ in)

  • Cinnamon-brown overall plumage
  • Darker crown, wings and tail
  • Lighter underparts


Central America and South America
Central America: found in Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama
South America: Colombia and Ecuador



There are 2 subspecies[1]:

  • L. u. unirufus:
  • L. u. castaneotinctus:
  • Tropical south-western Colombia to north-western Ecuador


Humid forest and mature second growth up to 1200 m.



Their diet consists mainly of fruits (especially palm fruit) and insects.


The breeding season runs from March to August. They may have a second brood.


  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. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved June 2019)

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