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Photo © by Francisco Paludo
Alta Floresta, MT, Brazil, January 2018
Zebrilus undulatus


Photo © by Jeff Hopkins
Near Napo Wildlife Center, Ecuador, October 2010

28–33 cm (11-13 in)

  • Mottled grey head and neck
  • Black crest
  • Short dark bill
  • Yellow iris
  • Grey-black lores
  • Back and Upper Wings
  • Underparts
    • Buff cream
    • Barred, speckled and streaked black
  • Grey legs
  • Yellow toes

Sexes similar

Photo © by Daniesser
Cristalino Lodge, Alta Floresta-MT - Brazil, June 2014


  • Rufous forehead, sides of head and neck
  • Yellowish-green bill
  • Pale back with rufous zigzag barring
  • Grey wings
  • Tawny underparts with indistinct black stripes
  • Yellowish-green legs


South America: found locally in ponds and streams of Amazon basin of Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Brazil.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Streams, pools and marshes in tropical forest.



The nest is a flattish platform of twigs.


The diet includes small fish and flying insects.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, S. M. Billerman, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2022. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2022. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase

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