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Photo by Fritz73
Mocona, Misiones, Argentina, 2004
Capsiempis flaveola


Subspecies cerula
Photo by Stanley Jones
Finca Santa Rosa, Villa Rica, Oxapampa, Peru, August 2017

11.5 cm (4½ in)

  • Yellow underparts
  • Yellow-olive upperparts
  • Brownish wings
  • Two broad yellow wing-bars
  • Yellow edges to the wings
  • Long yellow supercilium
  • Yellow eyering
  • Brown tail


Central and South America
Central America: Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama
South America: Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina



This is a polytypic species consisting of 5 subspecies[1]:

  • C. f. semiflava:
  • C. f. leucophrys:
  • C. f. cerula:
  • C. f. magnirostris:
  • South-western Ecuador (Pichincha to El Oro)
  • C. f. flaveola:

An additional subspecies amazona is not recognised by most authorities[2].


Atlantic forest, humid second growth; shrubby areas at the edge of woodland and in forest clearings, especially where there is bamboo.



Their diet consists of insects, spiders and small fruits and berries.

They are generally to be found foraging in pairs or in small family groups.


They construct a cup nest from plant fibre and grass blades, decorated outside with moss, placed in a tree, shrub, or maize plant. The 2 white eggs, may have very light rufous speckles.


  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. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Sept 2017)
  4. Wikipedia

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