The sharpbill (Oxyruncus cristatus) is the sole member of the Family Oxyruncidae. It has an orange erectile crest, black-spotted yellowish underparts and scaling on the head and neck. As its name implies, it has a straight pointed beak, which gives its common name. Some recent genetic evidence suggests it belongs in the family Tityridae. The sharpbill is found in the Andean foothills. It inhabits the canopy of wet forest
and feeds on fruit and some invertebrates. Their diet consists of primarily of fruit, but they will also take insects, hanging upside down in from twigs to obtain insect larvae. They will also travel in mixed-species feeding flocks with ovenbirds, tanagers, woodpeckers and cotingas. The nest of the sharpbill is built by the female and is a small cup built on a slender branch. Chicks are fed by regurgitation. Photo: Sharpbill ©Davecz.