Orange-fronted Plushcrown (Metopothrix aurantiaca)

Order: Passeriformes | Family: Furnariidae | IUCN Status: Least Concern

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Putumayo, Colombia

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Putumayo, Colombia

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Cauca Valley, Colombia

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Puerto Nariño, Colombia

Identification & Behavior: ~11.5 cm (4.5 in). The adult Orange-fronted Plushcrown has bluish-gray upperparts. The forehead and chin are bright orange. The face and breast are yellowish. The legs are bright orange. The juvenile is bluish-gray with a yellowish forehead. It forages in the canopy of Varzea forest, forest edges, and old second growth. It is similar to the Orange-headed Tanager but is distinguished by having orange only on the forehead and chin, by bright orange legs, and by foraging high in the canopy of the forest.

Status: The Orange-fronted Plushcrown is uncommon and widespread in Amazonia where it is known to range up to 1200 m along the foothill of the Andes. It also occurs in Co, Ec, Br, and Bo.

Name in Spanish: Corona-de-Felpa de Frente Naranja.

Sub-species: Orange-fronted Plushcrown (Metopothrix aurantiaca) P. L. Sclater and Salvin, 1866.

Meaning of Name: Metopothrix: Gr. meta= between and ops, opos= eye and thrix, trikhos= hair. aurantiaca: L. aurantia= orange, aurantiacus= orange-coloured.

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Distribution Maporange-fronted plushcrown



    • Species range based on: Schulenberg, T. S., D. F. Stotz, and L. Rico. 2006. Distribution maps of the birds of Peru, version 1.0. Environment, Culture & Conservation (ECCo). The Field Museum. on 03/01/2017.