|Donacobius Donacobius atricapilla
(aka Black-capped Mockingthrush, Black-capped Donacobius)
|Brazil and Peru
There is some debate about the place of this species in taxonomy and it was believed that the Donacobius belonged in the Wren family rather than with the Mockingbirds. However, the HBW and Birdlife International checklist now states that DNA studies show it to be an "aberrant, Neotropical isolate "sylvoid" that requires its own family."
It is found in grass or marsh surrounding pools, lakes and rivers and is distributed in tropical lowlands of South America. See the distribution map at Birdlife International.
|They are extremely vocal and pairs are often found singing a duet while wagging or fanning out their tails to show the large white spots. Photos 4 to 6 show many of the aspects of a typical display with the two birds on an exposed perch facing each other and often exposing the orange skin on the sides of the neck.|
|Photo 7 from the eastern slopes of the Andes in Peru shows the sub-species D. a. nigrodorsalis which has a blacker back and more prominent barring on the flanks.|
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