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Black-capped Donacobius

Donacobius atricapillus


The black-capped donacobius is the only member of the genus Donacobius. It is a medium sized songbird. As its name implies, it has a black cap on the top and back of the head. The rest of the back, wings and top of the tail are dark brown, nearly black. The underside of the body is a light cream color and the underside of the tail is white. The beak is black and the iris yellow. Its legs are gray.


This individual was seen perched on a stick in a large plot of pasture grass in the SE Amazon Rainforest of Ecuador.


Although these are supposed to be fairly common and are evaluated as “Least Concern” this is the only one I’ve seen. These pictures were taken from our house through a screen window so aren’t as sharp as I would have liked, but it’s a first timer so I’m pleased with it.

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Morona-Santiago, Ecuador

Spotted on Jan 16, 2012
Submitted on Mar 14, 2021

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