Great Xenops Megaxenops parnaguae

Brazilian name:
Bico-virado-da-caatinga
Great Xenops, Chapada de Araripe, Ceará, Brazil, October 2008 - click for larger image Chapada de Araripe, Ceará, Brazil
October 2008

The Great Xenops is a Brazilian endemic. It was previously classified as Near Threatened but is now regarded as being less under threat given its apparent tolerance to degradation of its habitat. It is only found in the caatinga woodland of north-east Brazil.

Great Xenops, Chapada de Araripe, Ceará, Brazil, October 2008 - click for larger image Despite its name it is not a xenops at all. It does not have the typical stiffened tail and it forages for insects more like a foliage-gleaner.

It probably got its name as a result of its sharply upturned lower mandible which is pale at the base. It is a magnificent shade of cinnamon-rufous with a contrasting white throat and a bit of grey around the eyes.

Great Xenops, Chapada de Araripe, Ceará, Brazil, October 2008 - click for larger image It feeds on ants, beetles, caterpillars and spiders.

There are recordings on xeno-canto, a distribution map on NatureServe and additional information available via Avibase.
Previous Page Back to Index Next Page

If you do not see a menu on the left, you may have arrived at this page from another site. Please click Home to get to my main page.

Birding Top 500 Counter