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Photo by Stanley Jones
West of Río Marañón, Peru, January, 2017
Tapera naevia


26–30 cm (10¼-11¾ in)

  • White supercilium
  • Dark malar stripe
  • Greyish-brown upperparts with black streaks
  • Dull white underparts
  • Black crest (raised in display)
  • Long, graduated tail

Sexes similar.


Photo by DABS
Trincity, Trinidad, September 2016

Central and South America
Central America: Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama and Trinidad
South America: Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay and Argentina.



Two subspecies are recognized[1]:

  • T. n. excellens:
  • T. n. naevia:

Two additional subspecies, chochi and major are generally considered invalid[1].


Dry and cloud forests and forest edges, scrubby areas and marshes.



It is a brood parasite mostly of spinetails and thornbirds. They lay 1 or 2 white or bluish eggs which hatch after 15 days, fledging 18 days later.


The diet includes large insects.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Wikipedia
  4. BF Member observations

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