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Machaeropterus deliciosus



  • Red head
  • Grey upperparts.


South America: found only on the western slope of the Andes of south-western Colombia and western Ecuador.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Cloud forest.



The clutch consists of 2 eggs which are incubated for 18-21 days.


One feather on each wing is ridged. A neighboring feather has a curved stiff tip. The two feathers vibrate against each other when raised over the head, producing a high-pitched whirring, or beeping sound. This seems to be the climax of the male display, it leans forward so that the head is low and the tail straight back, holds its wings vertical and vibrate them.


  1. Clements, JF. 2010. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2010. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/Clements%206.5.xls/view
  2. Wikipedia
  3. BF Member observations

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