Donacobius Donacobius atricapilla
(aka Black-capped Mockingthrush, Black-capped Donacobius)
Black-capped Donacobius, Aguas de São Pedro, São Paulo, Brazil, August 2004 - click for larger image Brazil

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.

Black-capped Donacobius, Aguas de São Pedro, São Paulo, Brazil, August 2004 - click for larger image 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. The final 3 photos 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.
Black-capped Donacobius, Aguas de São Pedro, São Paulo, Brazil, August 2004 - click for larger image

Black-capped Donacobius, Aguas de São Pedro, São Paulo, Brazil, August 2004 - click for larger image
Black-capped Donacobius, Aguas de São Pedro, São Paulo, Brazil, August 2004 - click for larger image
Black-capped Donacobius, Aguas de São Pedro, São Paulo, Brazil, August 2004 - click for larger image
Black-capped Donacobius, Cristalino, Mato Grosso, Brazil, December 2006 - click for larger image
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