Black-headed Berryeater Carpornis melanocephala

Brazilian name: Sabiá-pimenta

Black-headed Berryeater, Mata de Balbina, Bandeira, Minas Gerais, Brazil, November 2006 - click for larger image Mata de Balbina, Bandeira, Minas Gerais, Brazil 
October 2008 

The Black-headed Berryeater is a Brazilian endemic and is distributed in eastern Brazil from Alagoas to Paraná. It is found in the Atlantic Rain Forest up to about 800m (these photos were taken at about 800m) but is mostly found below 300m.

Black-headed Berryeater, Mata de Balbina, Bandeira, Minas Gerais, Brazil, November 2006 - click for larger image

Because it is a bird of lowland Atlantic Rain Forest, a habitat under extreme threat, its numbers are low and decreasing. For this reason it is classified as Vulnerable by Birdlife International

The male has a black hood and a red iris. Upperparts are dull olive-green while underparts are olive-yellow with faint darker olive barring. The female is very similar but with an olive wash on the head.

It feeds almost entirely on fruit.

There are recordings on xeno-canto, a distribution map from NatureServe and additional information available via Avibase. There is a page on Wikiaves and further information on BirdLife International (1992) Threatened Birds of the Americas.

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