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Photo by ibera
Esteros del Ibera, Argentina, April 2007
Gubernatrix cristata


Photo by nkgray
Carlos Pellegrini, Corrientes Province, Argentina, September 2013

20 cm (8 in)

  • Yellow-olive upperparts
  • Black streaking on back
  • Long, black, bushy crest and bib, bordered yellow
  • Yellow-olive breast and flanks
  • Yellow centre to belly
  • Yellow tail with black central rectrices


  • Duller above,
  • Grey cheeks, breast, and sides of belly, with paler centre
  • Some yellow on rear crown
  • Crest and black bib bordered white


South America: found in extreme south-eastern Brazil and Uruguay to northern Argentina.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Open woodland, savanna, scrub and shrubby steppe.



Photo by Francisco Paludo
Esteros Del Iberá, Colonia Carlos Pellegrini, Argentina, January 2017

Their diet consists of seeds and probably arthropods. They forage on the ground.


The clutch consists of 3 eggs. The nest is a large moss-lined cup formed from twigs and grass.


  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. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved August 2015)

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