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 37 weeks ago 18 sec 4
A bird responding to playback. Locality Tumbes Department, Peru (ssp paucalensis)
Jacob R Saucier 2 July 2009 4 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 39 weeks ago 18 sec 3.7
in undergrowth Locality Chaparrí Reserve, Lambayeque Department, Peru (ssp paucalensis)
Martin Kennewell 22 October 2012 15 weeks ago 15 sec 3.4