Elegant Crescentchest (Melanopareia elegans) - HBW 8, p. 787
French: Cordon-noir élégant
German: Kleiner Schmuckbandvogel
Spanish: Pecholuna Elegante
Taxonomy: Synallaxis elegans Lesson, 1844, Guayaquil, west Ecuador.
Genus differs considerably from other members of family, though shows certain structural similarities with Teledromas (see page 748). May form a superspecies with M. maranonica. Vocally very similar to latter, and sometimes considered conspecific, but has proportionally shorter tail and distinct plumage pattern, and is geographically isolated. Birds from S Ecuador (Loja) are probably intergrades between nominate race and paucalensis. Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- elegans (Lesson, 1844) - W Ecuador (S from Manabí and extreme S Pichincha).
- paucalensis (Taczanowski, 1884) - Pacific NW Peru S to La Libertad.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
in the understory Locality Chaparrí Reserve, Lambayeque Department, Peru (ssp paucalensis)
Daniêl Jimenez 18 November 2012 3 years ago 18 sec 4
A bird responding to playback. Locality Tumbes Department, Peru (ssp paucalensis)
Jacob R Saucier 2 July 2009 6 years ago 25 sec 3.9
A bird foraging in the understory. Locality Chaparrí Reserve, Lambayeque Department, Peru (ssp paucalensis)
Yoel Jimenez 17 November 2012 3 years ago 18 sec 3.7
in undergrowth Locality Chaparrí Reserve, Lambayeque Department, Peru (ssp paucalensis)
Martin Kennewell 22 October 2012 2 years ago 15 sec 3.4
A bird perching in the branch
Locality Ayampe, Manabí Province, Ecuador
Tadeusz Stawarczyk 28 September 2015 13 weeks ago 4.3
adult in dense scrub
Locality Jorupe Reserve, Loja Province, Ecuador (ssp elegans)
Dusan M. Brinkhuizen 31 January 2010 6 years ago 3
One adult bird perched.
Locality Lambayeque Department, Peru
Carlos Gussoni 11 June 2013 2 years ago 2.8
a male stopping briefly on a rock in dry forest
Locality Cerro Chaparri, Lambayeque Department, Peru (ssp paucalensis)
Liam Hughes 8 November 2014 43 weeks ago 2.5