Marañon Crescentchest (Melanopareia maranonica)

Order: Passeriformes | Family: Melanopareiidae  | IUCN Status: Near Threatened

Marañon Crescentchest
Age: Adult | Sex: Male | Loc. Marañon Drainage

Marañon Crescentchest
Age: Adult | Sex: Female | Loc. Marañon Drainage

Marañon Crescentchest
Age: Adult | Sex: Male | Loc. Marañon Drainage

Marañon Crescentchest
Age: Adult | Sex: Male | Loc. Marañon Drainage


Identification & Behavior: ~16.3 cm (6.4 in). The male Marañon Crescentchest has a black head with a creamy-white throat and eyebrows that project towards the nape area. The breast is chestnut with a broad black crescent across. Females are similar, but the head is dark gray, the crescent is reduced and the underparts are rufous. Both sexes have black feathers with white margins as wing coverts. It is similar to the Elegant Crescentchest, but these species do not overlap geographically.

Status: Endemic. The Marañon Crescentchest is uncommon in the deciduous forest and scrub of the middle Marañon Valley; mostly below 800 m. 

Name in Spanish: Pecho-de-Luna del Marañon.

Sub-species: Marañon Crescentchest (Melanopareia maranonica) Chapman, 1924.

Meaning of Name:  Melanopareia: Gr. melas, melanus= black, parëion= cheek. maranonica: L. from or originating in the Marañon.

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Distribution Map
Maranon Crescent-chest- Melanopareia maranonicaVoice


References:

    • 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. http://fm2.fieldmuseum.org/uw_test/birdsofperu on 10/18/2014.