|Horned Sungem Heliactin
(aka Heliactin cornuta)
Brazilian name: chifre-de-ouro
| Bahia, Brazil
The Horned Sungem is found in central and eastern Brazil and adjoining Bolivia with a disjunct population in south Suriname and north Brazil.
It inhabits woodland, cerrado, grasslands and gallery forest where it feeds on the nectar of flowering bushes and trees as well as small insects.
|The male has spectacular crown tufts
showing red, blue and gold, either side of its iridescent dark blue crown.
Upperparts are bronzy-green, the throat and upper breast are black while
the belly and sides of the neck are white. The tail is long and pointed
and shows a dark V on white when seen in flight from below.
The female is similar but without the spectacular crown pattern or the black throat.
is an illustration in
HBW, Volume 5, Page 662.|
There are recordings and a distribution map (which doesn't quite reach Camaçari where photos 4 to 7 were taken) on xeno-canto. And there is additional information on Avibase.
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