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Nominate subspecies
Photo © by bievreJJ
Itapira, SP, Brazil, August 2018
Colonia colonus


Photo by John Keep
Manu Road, Peru, October, 2003

Male 23–28 cm (9-11 in); female 18–22 cm (7-8¾ in)

  • Dull black overall plumage
  • White forehead and crown
  • Two, very elongated (12 cms - 5") central tail feathers
  • White patch on the rump


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



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

  • C. c. leuconota:
South East Honduras and eastern Nicaragua to western Colombia and western Ecuador
  • C. c. fuscicapillus:
  • C. c. poecilonota:
  • C. c. niveiceps:
  • South East Ecuador, Peru (San Martín to northern Puno) and northern Bolivia
  • C. c. colonus:


Tropical humid forest borders and secondary woodland. Also edges of gallery forest.



Their diet consists of a variety of insects.


They build their nest in a hole or cavity in a tree.


  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 Aug 2018)

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