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Photo by COLOMBIA Birding
Eastern Andes, Colombia, June 2013
Platyrinchus flavigularis


9.5-10.2cm (3¾-4 in)

  • Rufous-brown head
  • Yellowish loral spot
  • White coronal patch with black feather tips (usually not visible in field)
  • Olive upperparts, duskier on wings and tail
  • Pale yellow underparts with smudgy olivaceous breastband
  • Broad and flat bill, blackish above, pale below

Sexes similar, juveniles undescribed.


South America: found in Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador and Peru.
Patchily distributed.



There are 2 subspecies[1]

  • P. f. flavigularis:
  • P. f. vividus:
  • Sierra de Perijá (Colombia/Venezuela border)


Undergrowth in cloud forest.
Found at 1250-2100m in Venezuela, 1800-2300m in Colombia and 750-1700m in Ecuador.


A very difficult to see species. Perches motionless in the open for long periods.


Diet little known. Feeds probably on arthropods.


Birds in breeding condition were seen in Venezuela from April to June. No other information about breeding.


A resident species.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Del Hoyo, J, A Elliot, and D Christie, eds. 2004. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 9: Cotingas to Pipits and Wagtails. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8487334696

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