White-throated Spadebill (Platyrinchus mystaceus)

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

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown |  Loc. Southern Brazil

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

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

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown |  Loc. No Data

Identification & Behavior: ~9.5 cm (3.7 in). The White-throated Spadebill is mostly olive-brown. The sides of the head are blackish with a central brown area that creates a patterned head. It has a semi-concealed yellow crown patch that may be difficult to see in the field. The bill is flat, broad at the base, and black with a pale base on the lower mandible. The throat is white. It forages in the understory of humid montane forests. The White-throated Spadebill is similar to the Yellow-throated Spadebill but is distinguished by having a white throat, an olive-brown crown, mostly blackish bill, and patterned sides of the head.

Status: The White-throated Spadebill is uncommon in montane forests of the east slope of the Andes at elevations ranging between 800-2000 m. It also occurs in the humid forest of extreme northwest Peru in Tumbes. The White-throated Spadebill also occurs in Co, Ec, Br, and Bo.

Name in Spanish: Pico-Chato de Garganta Blanca.

Sub-species: White-throated Spadebill (Platyrinchus mystaceus zamorae), (Chapman), 1924.  E Ecuador S along Andes to SE Peru (S to W Madre de Dios).
(Platyrinchus mystaceus partridgei), Short, 1969.  extreme SE Peru (S Puno) and W & C Bolivia (La Paz, Cochabamba, SW Santa Cruz).

Meaning of Name: Platyrinchus: Gr. platus= broad and rhunkhos= bill. Platurrhunkhos= broad-billed. mystaceus: L. Gr. mustax, mustakos= moustache, mystaceus= moustached.

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Distribution Map
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    • 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 03/01/2017.