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Subspecies melanocephalus
Photo © by Stanley Jones
Oxapampa, Pasco, Peru, August 2017

Alternative name: Spectacled Whitestart

Myioborus melanocephalus


Subspecies ruficoronatus
Photo © by Michael W
Termes de Papallacta Hot Springs on the East slope of the Andes in Ecuador, March 2007

13–13·5 cm (5-5¼ in)

  • Black crown and face
  • Yellow eyering and supraloral stripe


South America: found in Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia.



Five subspecies are recognized1:

  • M. m. ruficoronatus:
  • M. m. griseonuchus:
  • Western Andes of north-western Peru (Piura and Cajamarca)
  • M. m. malaris:
  • Central Andes of northern Peru (north of Chachapoyas in Amazonas)
  • M. m. melanocephalus:
  • Eastern Andes of Peru (Amazonas to Ayacucho)
  • M. m. bolivianus:
  • Andes of southern Peru (Cuzco) to western Bolivia (La Paz and Cochabamba)


Humid montane forests, elfin and cloud forests, forest edges and nearby scrub. Observed at heights around 2,300 m.



Food is mostly invertebrates, insects and other invertebrates. They prefer to forage in the high canopy, but do feed at all levels, including the tops of bushes.


  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 Nov 2017)
  4. BF Member observations

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