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Photo by paul47
Caraça, Minas Gerais, Brazil, October 2011
Pachyramphus castaneus


  • Cinnamon-rufous upperparts
  • Pale cinnamon-buff underparts
  • Chestnut crown
  • Broad grey stripe from eye round back of neck

Sexes similar


Photo by paul47
Caraça, Minas Gerais, Brazil, October 2011

South America: found in Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina.



There are 5 subspecies[1]:

  • P. c. amazonus:
  • Lower Amazonian Brazil (eastern Amazonas and Pará)
  • P. c. castaneus:
  • South-eastern Brazil (Bahia and se Goiás) to eastern Paraguay and north-eastern Argentina
  • P. c. intermedius:
  • Tropical northern Venezuela (Falcón to Sucre and Monagas)
  • P. c. parui:
  • Tropical southern Venezuela (Cerro Parú in Amazonas)
  • P. c. saturatus:


Forests and woodlands in lowland and foothills up to elevations between 500 or 1500 m asl. depending on which country the description comes from.


Spends much of its time sitting on a perch before moving on. Food consisting of insects, berries, and small fruit is taken while perched and then gleaned from underside of leafs or when sallying.


  1. Clements, JF. 2011. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to August 2011. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/downloadable-clements-checklist
  2. Avibase
  3. Wikipedia
  4. Arthur Grosset
  5. Restall et al. 2006. Birds of Northern South America. Yale University Press. ISBN 9780300124156

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