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Photo © by Rogerio Araújo Dias
Brasília, DF, Brazil
Cyclarhis gujanensis


Ssp. contrerasi
Photo © by Stanley Jones
Amazonas, Abra Patricia Reserve, Owlet Lodge, Peru, Dec-2016

14–16 cm (5½-6¼ in)
Nominate subspecies

  • Mid-grey forehead, crown and ear-coverts
  • Chestnut eyebrow
  • Green upperparts
  • Yellow throat and breast
  • White belly


Mexico through Central America, and South America including Trinidad, south to Argentina and Uruguay.



Subspecies virenticeps
Photo © by njlarsen
Jorupe reserve, Loja, SW Ecuador, 8 June 2019

There are 21 subspecies[1]:

  • C. g. flaviventris: East Mexico (San Luis Potosí) to eastern Guatemala and northern Honduras
  • C. g. yucatanensis: South East Mexico (Yucatán Peninsula) and Petén of northern Guatemala
  • C. g. nicaraguae: South Mexico (Chiapas) and Guatemala to Nicaragua
  • C. g. subflavescens: Pacific slope of Costa Rica and western Panama
  • C. g. perrygoi: West central Panama (Coclé to extreme eastern Veraguas)
  • C. g. flavens: Coastal eastern Panama
  • C. g. coibae: Isla Coiba (Panama)
  • C. g. cantica: Tropical Caribbean coast of northern Colombia and Magdalena Valley
  • C. g. flavipectus: North East Venezuela (Paría Peninsula) and Trinidad
  • C. g. parva: East slope of Eastern Andes of Colombia and n Venezuela
  • C. g. gujanensis: East Colombia to the Guianas, Amazonian Brazil, eastern Peru and north-eastern Bolivia
  • C. g. pax: Yungas of Bolivia (La Paz)
  • C. g. dorsalis: Highlands of central Bolivia
  • C. g. tarijae: Extreme south-eastern Bolivia (Tarija) and north-western Argentina (Jujuy)
  • C. g. insularis: Cozumel Island (south-eastern Mexico off Quintana Roo)
  • C. g. virenticeps: Pacific slope of Ecuador and north-western Peru
  • C. g. contrerasi: Mountains of northern Peru (south to La Libertad and San Martín)
  • C. g. saturata: North Peru (upper Río Marañón Valley east of Western Andes)
  • C. g. cearensis: Tableland of eastern Brazil
  • C. g. viridis: Chaco of Paraguay and northern Argentina
  • C. g. ochrocephala: South East Brazil to Uruguay, eastern Paraguay and north-eastern Argentina


Forests, especially forest edges; gallery forest, garden trees and coffee plantations.



Though omnivorous, their diet consists mostly of arthropods such as beetles and spiders.


They construct a flimsy cup-shaped nest high in a tree. The clutch contains 2-3 brown blotched, pinkish-white eggs.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved July 2019)

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