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 2 years ago 18 sec 4
A bird responding to playback. Locality Tumbes Department, Peru (ssp paucalensis)
Jacob R Saucier 2 July 2009 5 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 2 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
adult in dense scrub
Locality Jorupe Reserve, Loja Province, Ecuador (ssp elegans)
Dusan M. Brinkhuizen 31 January 2010 5 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 7 weeks ago 2.5